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Mike Pocius Photographs

Identifier: spe-n00190


  • 1971 - 2022


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Biographical / Historical

Mike Pocius was born on July 14, 1949, and raised in the South Side Chicago neighborhood of Bridgeport, an area with a history of attracting immigrants. His father, Joe Pocius, worked as an electrician in the Union Stockyards and was also an amateur photographer. This latter interest resonated with Pocius who purchased an Argus C3 rangefinder camera in his last year of grade school. Soon thereafter, he acquired additional second-hand photographic equipment including an enlarger and set up a darkroom in his home. In 1968, Pocius participated in Vietnam antiwar protests prior to being drafted in 1969. Following his military service, Pocius attended Daley College and graduated from Columbia College in 1977. Over the years he has done commercial portraits, and school and wedding photography while continuing to create personal and artistic imagery.


3 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes, includes 63 photographs)

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Mike Pocius is a Chicago photographer and longtime resident of the Bridgeport neighborhood. His photographs capture a range of primarily Chicago community events, street scenes and artistic compositions from 1971 to 2011 and include scenes in Bridgeport, Little Village, Loop, Pilsen and other neighborhoods.


The photographs are arranged in the thumbnail order Pocius provided with his donation of digital and physical versions of the images. The photographer’s descriptions have been retained. The three photographs that were not included with the thumbnails have been added to the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mike Pocius in 2022.

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Separated Materials

The following publications donated by Mike Pocius have been cataloged and are available in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Pocius, Mike. Black and White, Chicago: South Side Publishing Chicago, 2021, TR655.P634 2021

Pocius, Mike. Black and White II, Chicago: South Side Publishing Chicago, 2023, TR655.P634 2023

Pocius, Mike. Mike’s Kind of Town, Chicago, [2019], TR655.P634 2019

Pocius, Mike. Mike’s Kind of Town, [catalog of An Exhibition]: Opening: August 4th, 2017; Exhibition: August 4th-August 26th, Chicago: Adventureland Gallery, 2017, TR655.P632 2017



Guide to the Mike Pocius Photographs
Michelle McCoy
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Unit at Harold Washington Library Center Repository

Harold Washington Library Center, 9th Floor
Chicago Public Library
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Chicago IL 60605 United States
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