Sad demise of photography teacher, Richard Stromberg

The noted photography teacher, Richard Stromberg, 66, died of pancreatic cancer on the 7th of November, 2014, at Presence St.Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois.

This news had been confirmed by his wife Heidi Levin. Richard Stromberg pursued his career in photography as an assistant to photographers. He was a teacher for a period of more than 45 years and throughout his career he assisted people in developing their understanding towards photography. He started a program in photography at the Jane Addams Center at Belmont Avenue and Broadway in 1969 where he taught till 2002. When this building was sold by the Hull House Association he started the Chicago Photography Center where knowledge was imparted on the basic photography skills. Mr. Stromberg highly stressed on building a psychological and aesthetic relation between the photographer and his subject of photography.

Stromberg’s methods of teaching were unique. He encouraged his students to take photographs of strangers with respect and in an elegant way. His students took photographs of their classmates. He wanted his students to form a level of comfort with the camera and understand their abilities. He later left the Chicago Photography Center and started Richard Stromberg’s Chicago Photography Classes. He even worked as a photojournalist when he was not teaching in the late 1970s. He was known for his perfections and eye for detail. He would never shut his lenses till he attained the high standards of his photographs. A former reporter and editor Tom Brune said that Mr. Stromberg taught photographers to see though their lens and identify the person in front of them.

His Levin said that he was liked by all for his immense knowledge and generous nature. She further mentioned that his current studio mostly portrays works of his students and not his own. His dedication to work can be determined from the fact that he had taken classes till a week before his death. A tribute to the life and work of this creative genius will be paid at his photographic school in Ravenswood in -December.

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