Mike Pocius Photographs
- 1971 - 2022
- Pocius, Mike (Person)
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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)
Language of Materials
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.
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, , 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
- Bridgeport (Chicago, Ill.) Subject Source: Naf
- Bronzeville (Chicago, Ill.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Chicago (Ill.)--pictorial works Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Loop (Chicago, Ill.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Parades -- Illinois -- Chicago Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Photography -- Illinois -- Chicago Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Pilsen (Chicago, Ill.)
- Guide to the Mike Pocius Photographs
- Michelle McCoy
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Finding aid written in English.
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