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A pair of new photography exhibitions offer a side of celebrity but focus on one man’s view of the struggle for civil rights.

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A still image from the documentary “Art Paul of Playboy” (American Dream Pictures / MoraQuest Productions)

He was the legendary founding art director of Playboy magazine. A new documentary celebrates the life and work of the lifelong Chicagoan.

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(Photo credit: Josh Feeney)

More than 6,000 dogs were taken in by the city’s animal shelter last year. How one local animal lover is focusing his lens on the challenge of finding them permanent homes.

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Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

Remembering the tumultuous 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, as captured by two local photographers.

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(Courtesy Shedd Aquarium)

She is Shedd’s only full-time photographer, capturing images of the aquarium’s 32,000 animals from both in and out of the water. A conversation with Brenna Hernandez.

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(Courtesy of Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral)

East meets West in an art show that began with a collection of photos found at an estate sale 27 years ago.

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(Courtesy of Joe Wilkins)

How professor Joe Wilkins went from a University of Illinois at Springfield classroom to exploring the dangerous wilds of the Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska.

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(Credit: Sebastián Hidalgo)

Meet a photographer who captures a “culture under threat” in an area named last month by Forbes magazine as one of the 12 coolest neighborhoods in the world. 

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The remarkable work of photographer Art Shay, and Art Paul, the first art director for Playboy who designed the iconic bunny logo.

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Al Capone, Mount Carmel Cemetery (Credit: Larry Broutman)

A new book by author and photographer Larry Broutman highlights headstones, monuments and memorials at more than 30 area cemeteries.

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Acanthoscelides calvus (Photo by Laura Rericha)

There are 3,149 different types of plants in the Chicago region. A massive new book details every single one.

Picturing Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and More

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Portrait of Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett) at his home during an interview with Mike Bloomfield, Chicago, Illinois, 1964. Raeburn Flerlage image, colorized.

His photographs captured a key moment in time. A new exhibition looks at the history and legacy of the Chicago blues through the lens of Raeburn “Ray” Flerlage.

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Barbara Crane, “Little Darlings,” 2012 (Courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery)

She’s been photographing Chicago for nearly 70 years. Meet artist Barbara Crane.

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Amanda Lucidon talks about finding candid moments in formal settings. In her new book, she gathers some of her favorite images of then-first lady Michelle Obama.

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Jet and Stone (Lloyd DeGrane Photography)

Lloyd DeGrane spent three years photographing homeless encampments in Chicago. He shares images and stories from the streets.

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(Courtesy the Ron Slattery Collection / Estate of Vivian Maier)

Northwestern photography professor Pamela Bannos joins us to discuss her new book “Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife.”