b. Peoria, Il 1981
Lives and Works in Chicago, IL
MFA Yale University, 2013
BFA Columbia College Chicago, 2004
Justin Schmitz is a Chicago based Photographer. He is the recipient of the
Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, The Tierney Fellowship,City of Chicago CAAP Grant,
Albert P. Weisman Scholarship, and The Union League Civic and Arts Foundation
Scholarship. A collection of his work was part of the Mid-West Photographers
Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. He was runner-up for the
Photography Book Now Prize, and a finalist for the Honickman First Book Prize.
I want to understand how we grew up. I feel a connection with my subjects because they
are a manifestation of my feelings about what it is to be in transition. I am interested
in moments that are unexplainable, the things we try and understand, the weird feelings,
the upset stomachs, and the awkward glances.