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Symphony Center with MCP

Symphony Center in Chicago with Manhattan Concert Productions - Performance Photography by Michael Courier

Jubilate Deo by Manhattan Concert Productions performed at the Symphony Center in Chicago.

So far this year, work has been steady—with a variety of awesome projects and beautiful venues. I’ve been busier than anticipated, which means I’ve not been posting my recent work as often as I should.

Earlier this month I photographed my first symphony. I’ve photographed a lot of classical theater and sketch comedy, but this was something special. I was hired by Manhattan Concert Productions to photograph their performance at the Symphony Center. The architecture of the venue is absolutely beautiful and was designed by the famous architect Daniel Burnham.

I’m looking forward to going back and watching a performance, and enjoying the environment without the pressures of work.

Zoë the Bird Hunter

Zoë, aka The Intern, birdie hunting from her cat tree - Pet Photography by Michael Courier

Zoë, The Bird Hunter.

Zoë, aka The Intern, likes to birdie hunt. Around dawn, she can be found lurking around the windows, bobbing and weaving, trying to find birds to watch. In the springtime, it’s a lot of fun to work with the windows open and hear the birds chirping, and then watch as she wakes up from a nap and races over for a better view.

I didn’t have the heart to tell her this, but the other day, a bird landed on my leg! I was rushing around the city, running errands for the business, when I walked past a woman talking loudly—and walking slowly—pointing her phone down at her legs. When I turned around, I noticed she had a new friend. After a few moments, the bird flew from her and attempted to land on another woman (who was completely freaked out and ran away, terrified).

So the bird decided to land on me! And I was cool with that, and I took a few photos. Then it flew away! And that’s my story, but Zoë doesn’t know. So please don’t tell her, she would not be amused.

Photography by Michael Courier

CAF at the Oriental Institute

Event Photography from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Architecture Foundation - Event photographs by Michael Courier Photography

The Robert and Deborah Aliber Persian Gallery at the Oriental Institute. Learn more about this gallery.

Have you ever been to the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago? I hadn’t until I photographed an event there for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The museum was absolutely awesome! I mean it. I’m not a huge fan of ancient Egyptian artifacts, but this was cool.

After I got done photographing the event, I walked around the museum on my own to explore some of the exhibits and to soak in the architecture. While I was there, the special exhibit was Persepolis: Images of an Empire. The exhibit featured old black-and-white photographs from various expeditions.

Event Photography from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Architecture Foundation - Event photographs by Michael Courier Photography

Colossal Statute of King Tutankhamun (left) and the entrance to the museum (right).

The King Tut statue is huge, as the name implies. It was also reconstructed. The tympanum above the entrance, titled “The East Teaching the West,” was sculpted by Ulric Henry Ellerhusen from the vision of James Henry Breasted.

Event Photography from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Architecture Foundation - Event photographs by Michael Courier Photography

The courtyard on a beautiful day.

Event Photography from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Architecture Foundation - Event photographs by Michael Courier Photography

Breasted Hall.

Event Photography from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Architecture Foundation - Event photographs by Michael Courier Photography

This lion was modeled after the lions from the temple of Ishtar at Nimrud in Iraq.

Event Photography from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Architecture Foundation - Event photographs by Michael Courier Photography

The Research Archives as seen from the first level.

Event Photography from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Architecture Foundation - Event photographs by Michael Courier Photography

The Research Archives as seen from the second level. Learn more about these archives.

See? This place is cool! And these photos here are only a fraction of the work on display at the museum. If you’ve never been before, I highly recommend that you check it out. It’s located on the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park. Check out their website if you want to know more.

And if you’re interested in the modern day aspect of archeology, I recommend checking out their page about Threatened Heritage. With the political instability happening in the Middle East and Northern Africa, a lot of archaeological sites (including museums) are under threat. The OI provides a lot of information and resources to learn more and to help out if you’re interested.