Street Scenes by Julie Foreman
March 8 through April 8, 2005 in the Mary Radmacher Gallery
Julie Foreman describes herself as a street photographer. Working with a 35mm SLR camera in black and white, she tries to capture the street life of the wherever she happens to travel. It can be New York’s Upper East Side, the Tuileries in Paris, or the Piazza del Campo in Siena. The photos invite you in and tell you about the place.
Travel is an essential part of her work. "When I’m traveling, my vision seems sharper. I really look at peoples’ faces. I notice the style of architecture, what's in the shop windows, the shade and intensity of light, and what people are wearing. I especially like photographing in Europe. You can’t help but be inspired in a city such as Florence or Paris."
Foreman credits several street photographers with having an important influence on her work, the most influential being the father of street photography, Henri Cartier-Bresson. "Cartier-Bresson coined the term 'the decisive moment,' that moment when you snap the shutter and the photo captures the whole story. That’s what I want to do."
While primarily working as a writer, editor, and marketing consultant, Foreman has exhibited at galleries, cafes, and libraries in the Chicago area and is scheduled to have an exhibit in Tuscany this summer. She studied photography at Columbia College in Chicago and at the Maine Photography Workshop.