Karl Solano

Karl Solano describes himself as a visual architect with an innate curiosity about the human condition. Before photography, Karl’s first loves were his guitar and basketball. He purchased his first camera in 2011 for a study abroad program and began shooting seriously in 2015, starting with videos and photos for his band and for his job as a restaurant manager. Signing up for classes and tutorials to improve his skills, he took his camera wherever he went. His appetite for adventure ultimately led him to street photography, exploring Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods to capture their essence and the unique moments he encountered in each.

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Inspired by Chicago’s history, architecture, culture and people, Karl strives to add to the city’s overall aesthetic through his lens and work. He describes his photography as “street/gritty,” occasionally even channeling some tricks from his skateboarding days to get the shot he wants. He likes to scope out a scene, get a sense of what might be the more expected shot, and then start thinking about how to approach it in a new way, looking for a more insightful shot that has not yet been considered. Karl’s work is published in Trope Chicago, the first in the Trope City Editions series, a collection of urban and architectural photography books of cities around the world by today’s emerging photographers.

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“I’m all about the process first and then the product. I find that the psychology of why people do the things they do help me develop blueprints of my own. There are two types of people in this world, creators and consumers. Those who have the best lives are the ones who know the mechanics of both... I’m inspired by the notion of getting there, and I will.”

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Karl's Books

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