About the Exhibition
Apart, Together is a collection of photos from local photographers that reflects on the challenges our city faced in 2020. It is visible at 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck from late February through April 30th. UPDATE: Extended through May 16th! The exhibition is included with all admission tickets. Profits from the sale of photo prints will benefit My Block, My Hood, My City. You can purchase prints here.
2020 will forever be remembered as a challenging year full of hardship, contrast, solidarity, and division. From the immediate impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic to the widespread protests against longstanding racial inequality, 2020 marked a definitive turning point for our city, our country, and the world.
As we sheltered in our homes and huddled around our phones and TVs, there were times when we felt—physically and ideologically—far, far apart from each other. Yet we adapted, slowly and imperfectly, to a new realty born out of the necessity to protect ourselves and our loved ones. We banded together in protest of institutional racism in the hope that future generations wouldn’t have to suffer the same injustices. We looked out for one another.
This collection of photos is a document to an unparalleled time, one that we will hopefully learn from, together.
Preview the Gallery
Good to See You Again / Paul Martin
Much Better Off / Harvey Pullings II
Stay Home, Save Lives / Chris Datskos
Brighter Days Ahead / Danielle Braun
The Impetus for Change / Christopher Mariano
Diligence / Alex Qian
Chatham Peace March / Colin Boyle
Lightfoot Nose / Khoa A. Dao
Empty Bean / Chris Datskos
A Road Less Travelled / Danielle Braun
Mother & Child / Harvey Pullings II
Soulless City / Danielle Braun
Together / Alex Qian
From Selma to Montgomery / Christopher Mariano
Hope / Chris Datskos
Easter Sunday Fashion / Khoa A. Dao
The New Normal / Paul Martin
We Will Survive / Harvey Pullings II
Meet the Photographers
Harvey Pullings II
A native of the south side communities of Chatham and Princeton Park, Harvey Pullings II is an independent filmmaker, photographer, and writer. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, his thematic preferences in cinema are focused on perspectives of the “common man’s turmoil," the struggles of identity, the effects of a father's legacy on his children, as well as race relations and violence.
Chris Datskos is a Chicago-based, self-taught photographer focusing on urban and landscape scenes. While he was drawn to photography from a young age, Chris became an active photographer two years ago after finding inspiration in exploring Chicago and its historic and every-changing skyline.
Alex Qian is a Chicago based photographer and video creator working in a variety of professional fields creating content. During the lockdowns in 2020, his attention and energy was focused on create something that had a significant impact locally - one that supported those facing difficulties due to COVID-19.
Paul Martin is a British photographer who lives and works both in Chicago and the UK. He was in Chicago during the onset of COVID-19 and documented his experience of being a Brit in Chicago during this unusual time - through his photography, from pre-COVID February through to his very surreal experience flying back to the UK in May.