Simon Pyle - Q&A
You have definitely become a pillar of the LATITUDE community, not to mention the greater photographic community of Chicago. In what ways have you grown while being LATITUDE’s Lab Director?
So many great people and projects come through the lab. Whether someone is printing a high-end fine art edition or wants a few nice prints of some family photos off a cell phone, the stories behind every project are one of the best parts. Helping people turn their ideas into prints has been a real privilege, and it’s exposed me to the wide range of work people are doing in Chicago and beyond.
On the same note, it has also been a real treat to work with all the volunteers and staff; they’re really the heart of LATITUDE.
Any favorite LATITUDE memories?
The LATITUDE community print swaps are always my favorite. Four years ago, I was new in town and made my first photo-friends at a LATITUDE holiday print swap. There’s such a wide range of photographic approaches and aesthetics, and it’s inspiring to see so much of our users’ work up on the wall at the same time.
It’s always great to see prints from the lab out in the wild on gallery walls, but working with Anjali Pinto on the Jacob Johnson exhibition was pretty special.
Our fundraiser parties are a blast too! (nudge nudge shameless promotion June 9 buy tickets here).
What’s next for you? What are you most excited about moving forward?
I’m moving on to Denver in June, so it’s a chance to meet new people. I’m looking forward to exploring the community art and maker spaces out there. Who knows, maybe LATITUDE needs a western satellite!