The temptations, dangers, loneliness and freedom of the night appear in glowing color in the images of the four sensitive photographers in this wistful show. Chinese photographer Wu Qi dominates the group with his elegantly composed street shots of strangers passing through the shadows and under the lamps, seemingly oblivious to each other, yet aware that they are not alone. So studied are Qi’s scenes from the city of Zhangzhou that they look as though he has staged them, but they are simply slices of ordinary life. In his most dramatic image, Qi shows us a woman, illuminated by a beam of light, standing tall and looking into the distance as a blurred, black and ghostly figure of a man walks towards her; the power of Qi’s study is that we feel only the slightest inkling of threat. (Michael Weinstein)
Through April 15 at Schneider Gallery, 230 W. Superior, (312)988-4033.