Gabriel X. Michael is a freelance photographer, artist, and writer living on the West Side of Chicago in East Garfield Park, also the subject and location for much of his photographic and artistic endeavors concerning Chicago’s overlooked and neglected built environment. He has also produced architecture and history pieces for the Chicago neighborhoods website Chicago Patterns since 2014, and in 2017 he contributed to Theater Oobleck’s immersive A Memory Palace of Fear production in West Humboldt Park. Along with his daily photographic exercises and obscure explorations chronicled as @_GXM on Twitter, Gabriel is currently working on an extended photo-essay/book concerning the past, present, and possible future of a formerly significant and largely unknown thoroughfare called Fifth Avenue on Chicago’s West Side.
Cover image by Gabriel X. Michael (does not appear in The Chicago Neighborhood guidebook).
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