“Blues Legends” Photography by Paul Natkin Hilton | Asmus Gallery Pop-Up Exhibition Upstairs | 25th Floor
“I started going to blues concerts as soon as I was old enough to get into the clubs. Never thought I would actually get to meet any of the great artists, but over the years I was able to meet and photograph almost all the greats of the last 40 years of the blues.” – Paul Natkin It is Blues Festival time in Chicago once again, and to celebrate we are displaying some of the work of legendary blues photographer Paul Natkin up on the 25th Floor, through June 27th. His shot of Clapton and Johnny Winter clearly giddy to be flanking their idol Muddy Waters on a Blues Fest stage perfectly sums up why people descend on Grant Park from all over the world each year for the Chicago Blues Festival. If you are a true fan of real blues, this is essential viewing. Natkin began photographing Blues, Jazz and Rock and Roll musicians in 1975. During the 1980’s he became a regular contributor to Creem magazine along with publications such as Rolling Stone, Circus and Hit Parader. The exhibit features photographs of more than 30 years covering the renowned festival and celebrating the centennial of Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. The exhibition also includes photographs of Buddy Guy, Little Walter, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and Bonnie Raitt. Don’t miss the full exhibition at the Hilton | Asmus FOTO Gallery.