Decisive Moment: Reflections on a Thirty-Three-Year Journey, as Chicago’s Photography Doyenne Catherine Edelman Closes Her Gallery

Great article except I kept the gallery

When Edelman was unsure what her next move would be after completing her undergraduate studies, she took Martínez-Cañas’ suggestion and applied to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Edelman arrived in Chicago in 1985 to attend SAIC for her graduate degree in photography, planning to become a photographer. In her second year and just six months shy of graduation in 1987, Edelman had surgery on her right eye for a congenital disease. She quickly realized that she would not have a career as a photographer because of excessive eyestrain and began pursuing other career routes. Edelman decided to open up a gallery to gain experience, in the hopes of becoming a museum curator.