joe mazza owner/photographer brave lux inc

I love people.  I’ve been photographing the world around me since I was this high.

Over the past 30 years, I’ve worked as an artist in many media– playwriting, puppetry, film, radio, and theatre– all of which inform what I do with a camera.

In a portrait– we’re invincible– and the photograph of one face can reveal us all.


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

Joe Mazza has photographed everyone from architects such as Helmut Jahn and Ross Wimer to Hollywood Casting Directors and Production Designers.  His photographs have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, TimeOut Chicago, Chicago Reader (cover photo), Newcity (3 years of covers and portraits for their series “Leaders of Chicago Culture”), 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 works regularly with other theaters such as The Second City, SteppenwolfWriters Theatre, The 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.

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

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


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)


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)