Mission Statement

What is the difference between a community center devoted to photography and a photography school in the community? "Intent!"

Todd Douglas

At Richard Stromberg's Chicago Photography Classes, we teach you how to get it right in the camera in the first place – "Plus". What's the Plus? We don't just develop images we develop people through Photography. And that's our Mission.

The journey from "Photo I" through to "exhibiting" in a show is one of challenge and personal growth. The operation of the camera will be demystified of course. More importantly you will learn to see: To see light, to see expression, to see the juxtaposition between yourself, your subject and others.

On the journey to a group show you will gain perspective of yourself and others. You will be part of a group of people whose concern is for you to do your best, and your concern will be, for them to do their best. We will provide you with a solid platform and resources that you will use for the show – and on your journey of lifelong learning. Teaching is not our hobby, or part time job, teaching for growth is what we do, it's who we are. Learning will occur.

We are a Community Center in the spirit of Jane Addams who opened her Hull House settlement house in 1889.  Jane Addams moved into a community and spent her life working for the betterment of the community and its people. One of the outcomes of that work was organized art programming in public schools. Jane's viewpoint was "art ennobles the soul". That was over a hundred years ago.

For 33 years Richard Stromberg worked at Jane Addams Center/Hull House, teaching photography and always looking to help people use their photography skills for self awareness – to use photography to better understand themselves and their friends and family; to use their photography to be more aware of their neighborhood and neighbors and to reveal and share their viewpoint and insights about the world around them. Richard worked with thousands of people, always trying to broaden their viewpoint and increase their self awareness. .

The heart of the photography program is the instructors. They are highly motivated women and men who teach so they can share their knowledge with others. Sharing with others what was shared with them.

Richard Stromberg's Chicago Photography Classes exists because of the help and work of many people; please join us.