Artist of the day: Joel Kempfer

Published May 21, 2020

Joel Kempfer's artistic focus started with photography, but with the help of technology, it has evolved into new forms. See more of his work here and meet Joel on OnMilwaukee's new, live MKEfest Virtual Art Walk series this Saturday.


Photographer Morris reflects on his iconic Marley "Burnin'" images

Published April 20, 2020

You don't have to be a reggae fan to recognize the images. Three frames, taken on location in 1974, show Bob Marley, eyes closed, enjoying a spliff in a cloud of smoke. Photographer Dennis Morris tells us about the iconic photographs, now available in artistic prints from 1xRun.


A look behind the lens of Milwaukee rock photographer DeWook

Published Jan. 4, 2020

DeWook is a Milwaukee based photographer who has come into his own in light of his captivating and aesthetically pleasing action-filled photographs of musicians - including many Milwaukee musicians - over the course of the past half-decade.


Hagerty's photos capture a Milwaukee that has mostly vanished

Published Dec. 9, 2019

Folks love historical photos, and nothing seems more exciting than finding a new cache of vintage images that shine a different light on familiar, if altered, local landscapes. Just recently a trove emerged when Winter Haven, Florida-based professional photographer Tom Hagerty began sharing on Facebook photos he took in Milwaukee decades ago.


5 great images from Milwaukee Art Museum's "Portrait of MKE," open now

Published Sept. 6, 2019

"Portrait of Milwaukee," curated by the museum's Ariel Pate, the show, with 120 photographs from across the 20th century, opens Friday, Sept. 6 in the Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts. We asked curator Ariel Pate to highlight some of her favorites.


Artists turn their lenses toward their own loved ones in MAM's "Family Pictures"

Published Nov. 16, 2018

Anyone who has visited art museums anywhere in the world can attest that people are color are under-represented. Milwaukee Art Museum's new "Family Pictures" photography exhibition, on view on the Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts gallery through Jan. 20, is a step in the right direction.


MAM's "The San Quentin Project" gives voice to a forgotten population

Published Oct. 19, 2018

Standing in a Milwaukee Art Museum gallery surrounded by images of prison life at the maximum security San Quentin State Prison, artist Nigel Poor says of the new "The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin" photography show, "I don't want people coming to the exhibition thinking it will be depressing. There's a lot of joy and beauty in it." As hard as it may seem, Poor is right.


First look: 24 hours with the new iPhone XS

Published Sept. 22, 2018

In 11 years of living with every iPhone model but the first, I've never laid hands on a more subtle upgrade as the new iPhone XS. Even I can barely tell what's going on with this $999 phone. Should you buy it? Read on.