Author Nelson Algren on North Avenue in Chicago in 1970
We all wear masks.
I think my job (when doing a portrait) is to find the
moment when the mask drops and reveals something true
about the person.
A Note About My Father: Maurice Seymour
Actually, there were two Maurice Seymours. The brothers Maurice Zeldman and Seymour Zeldman came to Chicago from Russia in 1920. After working for a few years for Bloom’s Studios in the State-Lake Building (“Bloom was the Maurice Seymour of his day,” says Maurice), they launched their own studio in 1929 atop the St. Clair Hotel (now called the Inn of Chicago) on Ohio Street.