Joe Altwies

Wisconsin native Joseph Altwies first became interested in photography in high school when he began following Instagram street photographers in advance of a family trip to New York City. However, it wasn’t until he was gifted his grandfather’s old camera, a much-loved Canon Rebel, that he began to pursue his own photography journey in earnest. As he tells the story, he immediately jumped on the train to downtown Chicago with camera in hand and began to walk around the city, shooting buildings, people, and anything else that caught his eye. With his photography today, he hopes to inspire viewers to step out of their daily routine to truly see and appreciate the world surrounding them.

A firm believer that great photographs can be taken on any camera, Joe feels that it is the photographer's perspective and creative use of manual settings that make an image stand out. He finds the editing process to be a critical one as it is what enables him to turn his image into his vision. He edits almost exclusively in Adobe Lightroom, working with RAW files and striving to elicit from them the feelings he experienced while shooting them. Most important to him is that a photograph conveys emotion and vision rather than simply documenting reality. A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota’s business program, Joseph intends to continue his pursuit of photography.

Joe’s Books

Joe’s work is featured in Trope Chicago, the first in the series, which is comprised of 206 images produced by 27 independent photographers from Chicago and beyond.

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