The Photographer

Patty Carroll has been fascinated by the culture of hot dog stands since the 1980’s, when she began to document them in Chicago and other parts of the USA. Her hot dog photographs are on permanent display at the Chicago History Museum, have been shown to great delight at the Chicago Water Tower Photography Gallery (viewed by approximately 20,000 people,) and in various group exhibitions off and on since she began the project. Patty Carroll, currently Adjunct Full Professor of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at Columbia College Chicago, is a distinguished photographic artist with a deep interest in American popular culture. She has published and exhibited widely on American cultural topics including Elvis Impersonators, American suburban lawns, resorts at night, as well as hot dog stands. Her books include: Living the Life: the World of Elvis Tribute Artists, Culture is Everywhere, and her hot dog stand photos are included in Changing Chicago.

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