Three compelling photographic portraitists—each with a distinctive signature style—dominate the Center’s fall show. Amber Ricciardi’s cheeky and almost-over-the-top approach captures her subjects at ordinary odd moments when their expressions are exaggerated, like putting on makeup. Luca Angeli is relaxed and warm-hearted, portraying his Argentine subjects at ease and at pleasure, adding some hedonism to the family-of-man tradition. Lucian Cioata makes everyone a tough guy, each in his or her own way, with a credibility that is nearly convincing; he has gotten his subjects to reduce to their bare minimum their irony about his experiment. In his point of tangency with Ricciardi, Cioata serves up a dude leaning provocatively against a parking meter and sporting a t-shirt on which is written: “let’s hug it out bitch.” (Michael Weinstein)
Through December 31 at Chicago Photography Center, 3301 N. Lincoln, (773)549-1631.