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Wicker Park Photographer Sells Life's Work This Weekend

By Kyla Gardner | November 13, 2014 5:25am
 After nearly 30 years in the neighborhood, photographer Ron Seymour is selling his vintage building and studio in the heart of Wicker Park and hosting a large print sale with thousands of items this weekend. 
Ron Seymour Leaving Wicker Park, Hosting Print Sale
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CHICAGO — A Wicker Park photographer is putting his life's work up for sale this weekend.

Ron Seymour has been a photographer since the 1950s, and lived in Wicker Park since 1987. He'll be selling thousands of prints of his original work at his studio, 1625 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, from 6-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The collection includes local images like a Christmas scene from around 1993 taken inside the Midwest Bank lobby at 1601 N. Milwaukee Ave, which is now a Walgreen's.

Seymour, 78, has to pack up his place by the end of the year — and then he'll be off to Louisville, another part of Chicago, or somewhere else, he said.

Alisa Hauser says Seymour is tired of some of the recent changes in the neighborhood:

"It's been quite a trip getting ready for this sale," Seymour said. "Going through these things brings back so many memories. I'm seeing people who are dead, old friends who I haven't seen in 20 years, my children. It's been pretty emotional."

But it won't be painful to let go of the prints, Seymour said, and he'll always have the negatives.

"It's gonna feel good, especially knowing that somebody likes them enough to buy them," he said. "They'll have prints that should last a lifetime. I feel real good about that."

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