Human Theatre




Paul D’Amato (Boston, 1956) has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Grant and a Rockefeller Foundation Grant to Bellagio, Italy. Though D’Amato is known for projects like Barrio, in which he depicts the Mexican communities of Pilsen and Little Village in Chicago, his intention is not to document urban street life.

Rather, D’Amato has a predilection for capturing dramatic yet frank human feelings, expressed on the streets. As a result of his keen eye (also visible in his splendid use of natural afternoon light) the photo series Please Be Free Now, taken in three housing projects in Chicago, is a skillful exhibition of human theatre.