The next University Guild Program is Reflections on Chicago with Charles Osgood, Photographer and Co-Founder of Sidewalks Book Company. Please&hellip &hellip .join us in the University Guild Lounge of Northwestern University&rsquo s Scott Hall on Monday, April 15st at 1:30 pm.
Former Chicago Tribune, photographer Charles Osgood continues his career as a freelancer specializing in theatre, performance, events, including weddings, travel and fashion. For 13 years he collaborated with Rick Kogan on his column, &ldquo Sidewalks&rdquo about interesting people and places in the greater Chicago area. Two books of their columns are currently available in local bookstores and on line (sidewalksbookcompany.com).
Osgood was born in Milwaukee and raised in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He graduated from Ripon College and later studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving a master of fine arts degree in photography. He began his journalism career as a reporter for City News Bureau, the legendary Chicago training ground for journalists, before going to the Chicago Tribune as a reporter. After covering town meetings and features in the south suburbs, and taking photographs to run with those stories, he transferred to the photo department. His assignments ranged from covering South Side murders on the midnight shift, to food and fashion in the color studio, working full-time on the Sunday Magazine, taking photographs for the Tribune Company annual report, covering &ldquo The Troubles&rdquo in Northern Ireland and the aftermath of the war in Bosnia, the economic turmoil in the Soviet Union, and Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson&rsquo s trip to China, and of course, the Blagojevich troubles. He had his own weekly column, Chicago Arts, consisting of a photo and caption, in the 1990s.
In 1987, he was assigned to do photos for a story on the Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor, with Rick Kogan reporting. It was the beginning of a collaboration and friendship that has lasted decades. In 1998, when Kogan asked him if he wanted to partner in a column for which they went out and found their own stories, he couldn&rsquo t have been more delighted. He has found it fulfilling on many levels and is inspired by the hunt for stories of fascinating people and places in all corners of the city and the greater Chicago area.
Osgood continues to pursue his lifelong passion for collecting fleeting moments and teaching. He has been an adjunct professor of photojournalism at Columbia College since 1991 and currently teaches at the Chicago Photography Center.
Tea, coffee and cookies are served after the program. Stop on by and learn with us!
The purpose of the University Guild is to bring to the membership of the Guild the intellectual resources of the University, to promote the interests of the University, to work for the collection and exhibition of the objects of art and to advance the development and appreciation of the fine arts in the University and in Evanston.
Annual Guild membership is $50. Membership is open to all in the community. Guests are welcome and the cost is $2.00 per program. The Guild holds meetings October through April.
We end our 2012/2013 season with our annual luncheon on May 6 at 11:30 am. Tickets are available. Cost is only $30 and includes a music performance by Northwestern students. The 2013/2014 season starts on Monday, October 7th, at 1:30 pm, with Dr. Michael Dreyer. Please mark your calendar!