about

joe mazza owner/photographer brave lux inc

Joe Mazza’s been photo’ing the world around him since he was this-high.

Over the past 30 years, he’s worked as an artist in many media– playwrighting, puppetry, film, radio, and theater.  All of that work informs how he creates with a camera.

His photographs have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, TimeOut Chicago, Chicago Reader (cover photo), American Theatre Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Magazine.  Joe is the preproduction photographer for Court Theatre at the University of Chicago— and the photographer for Newcity’s “Leaders of Chicago Culture”.  He works regularly with theaters such as The Second City, SteppenwolfWriters Theatre, Timeline TheatreThe Neo-Futurists, Oracle Productions, Blair Thomas and CompanyWildClaw TheatreIrish Theatre of Chicago, Prologue Theatre, About Face TheatreThe House Theatre, Definition Theatre, Lakeside Shakespeare TheatreRivendell Theatre Ensemble, The Gift Theatre, Raven TheatreThe Den Theatre, and others.

His play “Art and Her Ugly Sisters” was a Eugene O’Neill Semifinalist– and his solo puppet tragi-toon, “The Hyperbolist” has been performed in Chicago, NYC at HERE Arts Center and The Red Room, and Boston.

see some of Joe Mazza’s other work at http://joemazza.org

the brave lux studio in The Deagan Building, 1770 W Berteau, Ravenswood, Chicago

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Family session fun…the fifth year working with this crew of two!

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Joe working Sheldon Smith (founder of The Dovetail Project) and Laureen Feeney of EPIC to create images for The Dovetail Project’s new website.

Blake Montgomery of The Building Stage

Portrait session with Blake Montgomery of The Building Stage. Speedotron strobes with a 1205 pack. (still made in USA)

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Cover shoot for Newcity’s “Design 50”, March 2014. Included are architects Helmut Jahn, Ross Wimer, Brad Lynch (Brininstool + Lynch: http://www.brininstool-lynch.com) and designers Brenda Bergen (http://www.wink-design.com), Alisa Wolfson (Leo Burnett)