Robert Natkin (1919-1996) started taking picture in high school, developing and printing in a friend’s basement. At age 21 he was drafted and abruptly went from being a student in pre-med to being an Air Force gunner photographer during World War II. Afterwards, Natkin became a professional photographer, primarily capturing people in their environments throughout his beloved Chicago. He also made remarkable images on a trip to Mexico in 1948, photographing the Mexican people in ways quite unanticipated by those who had commissioned the work. These disparate scenarios have in common his skillful technique and compassionate rendering.
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