Max Herman’s documentary photography can be traced back to when he was a young teenager, taking pictures of the wildstyle graffiti he first spotted while riding the CTA Red Line.
Today Max still documents the ever-evolving graffiti and public art of Chicago or any city he visits with the belief that art in the street remains an essential expression and reflection of society. Recently Max photographed the The Art in Public Places campaign in the 25th Ward for Chicago Urban Art Society and Alderman Solis.
Beyond visual art, Max has been taking photos of music, entertainment, and cultural events since 2007 when he was still a music/arts journalist. Since transitioning to photojournalism professionally, Max has regularly covered small club performances and large music festivals alike for numerous publications.
In the past couple years he has also expanded his reach covering news-leaning issues and events in Chicago with his photos appearing in publications like The National Journal and Vice. Max’s aim remains to document people creating and doing what they believe in, whether that’s painting a wall, performing on stage or sparking a protest.