Jack O. Hedrich was born in Chicago in 1927, the youngest of four sons in the Hedrich family. He attended Michigan State University, served in the military, and returned to study at the University of Missouri, graduating in 1949. His began a career in advertising and sales but in 1953 he was invited to join his brothers in the family photography firm, Hedrich-Blessing, where he worked for forty years before retiring in 1993. Jack was the business leader of Hedrich-Blessing and under his direction the firm prospered. Hedrich was elected an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, Chicago Chapter, in 1986, and was named to the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1992.
Jack Hedrich speaks about his family background; his brothers Ken, Bill, and Ed Hedrich; Ken's approach to photography; stock photographs; growth and change at Hedrich-Blessing; the Signature Collection; the craft project; colleagues; the Research Village project; the Hedrich-Blessing archive at the Chicago Historical Society.
"[Being a family firm] possibly held [Hedrich-Blessing] together through some pretty thin times... I know the time that I came close to leaving, I probably stayed because of being family. The all-for-one and one-for-all musketeers's attitude that the guys had probably was a part of it....That identity was in Ken, Ed, and Bill in the beginning, probably because of family ties. I doubt that anyone would have wanted to go into business with Ken when there wasn't very much business, hoping to build it together and maybe mortgaging some of his future for it. Would a young Bill Hedrich leave college and decide to take some of his college money and go into business with somebody as his assistant, carrying his lights and helping him set up, if it wasn't part of a family?" (p. 161)
31 min 49 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago Mary Cassatt was the only American artist to exhibit with the original Impressionist group. This sensitive portrayal of a mother and child reflects the most advanced 19th-century ideas about raising children. Scientists and physicians of the day encouraged mothers (instead of wet nurses and nannies) to care for their children and to include regular bathing in their hygiene practices to prevent disease. #5WomenArtists
See three paintings by Mary Cassatt now on view: http://bit.ly/2nl9Z68
Image: [Now on view in Gallery 273] Mary Cassatt. The Child's Bath, 1893. Robert A. Waller Fund.
4 hours 36 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago APRIL 21—Join us for After Dark in the Modern Wing!
Check out the new exhibition Go with special tours and late-night access. And catch live performances by Monakr and Mano.
Must be 21+. Hosted by The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.