Ozier Muhammad Photojournalist

Chicago

My home town of Chicago is a place I explored in my formulativfe years as a photographer. I grew up on the Southside, which is where most of these photos were taken.

A man heads home after laboring in the stock yards.
  
A child looks at the activity in the alley from the backstairs of the tenement where she lives.
  
This boy was perched on the roof of a garage behind a tenement building in the Bronzeville neighborhood, holding a toy rifle.
     
  
This woman sang
  
A black rabbi, of an orthodox jewish community, sang during a sabbath service.
  
These 2 fellows were sharing a soda in a community which had postings around, that stated this is Disciples' gang terrority.
     
  
This boy was watching the Budd Biliken Parade as it passed by in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the Southside of Chicago.
  
Vacant lot baseball has been a very common summer activitiy on Chicago's Southside for decades.
  
In the mid to late 70s, summer pop music and jazz concerts were held in the inmates recreation yards at Cook County Jail.
     
  
Chicago is known for it's barbeque joints. The pork chop shops are plentiful.
  
A child makes a face as the camera shutter opens.
  
A Hari Krishna sings and chants on Wells Street in Old Town.
     
  
Young men playing pickup basketball in Martin Luther King Jr. Park on the Southside.
  
A waterbreak during a baskeball pickup game in Marting Luther King Jr park in the Chatham neighborhood on the Southside.
  
A waterbreak during a baskeball pickup game in Marting Luther King Jr park in the Chatham neighborhood on the Southside.
     
  
A young man strikes a pose, downtown Chicago.
  
A pool hall on 7700 south block on Cottage Grove, where some young men played low stakes pool and watch television.
  
A pool hall on 7700 south block on Cottage Grove, where some young men played low stakes pool and watch television.