Fine Art Photography

A New Exhibition Celebrates Italy’s Small Businesses

May 4, 2018

By Jon Feinstein

© Francesco Pergolesi/Courtesy of the artist and Catherine Edelman Gallery

“Composition #0, 2017” from Pergolesi’s series “Tableaux,” which depicts business owners’ tools and work spaces, shows a framer’s table.

While it may be convenient, online commerce has cast aside the human connections that revolve around small business. This economic and cultural shift and the desire to preserve the memory of small businesses, if not the businesses themselves, inspired Francesco Pergolesi’s “Heroes” and “Tableaux”—two distinct, yet intertwined photographic essays showing this month at Chicago’s Catherine Edelman Gallery. “Heroes” is a...

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