Photographer hopes to preserve Berwyn's past with new Roosevelt Road studio

Published: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT • Updated: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 9:14 a.m.CDT
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Documentarian Matt Schademann (center, in the fedora hat) spent five months restoring the building at 6729 W. Roosevelt Road to reflect the original structure built in 1918, home to a jewelry store owned by Bohemian-born Joseph Vocelka. Schademann recently relocated his photo studio from Chicago to Berwyn and hopes it will serve to preserve Berwyn's past. Also pictured are Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero (center, in black coat) and the photographer's mother, Sharron Schademann, (left, in white coat and black scarf).

BERWYN– A new photography studio will help preserve Berwyn's past through pictures and its presence alone.

Documentarian Matt Schademann spent five months restoring the building for his new studio at 6729 W. Roosevelt Road to reflect the original structure built in 1918, home to a jewelry store owned by Bohemian-born Joseph Vocelka. Schademann relocated his business, Schademann Studios, from Chicago to embrace his new home city.

"The kinds of things that have developed in this town in the last six years that I've been here are unbelievable," Schademann said in a release. "I think the arts surge on Roosevelt Road has been amazing, and I'm proud to be a part of it."

Officials from the city and the Berwyn Development Corporation joined Schademann for a ribbon-cutting celebration Dec. 12. Schademann, who is involved in the Berwyn Historical Society and the Berwyn Bungalow Preservation Initiative, specializes in fine art portraits, head shots, special events, live performances and interior/exterior building viewpoints. He also enjoys pet photography, and his border collie, Brodie, has become the unofficial mascot and face of his studio.

Schademann's philosophy is to provide hands-on, small batch personal art production with an eye for spontaneous, fun expression.

For more information about the studio's grand opening, contact the Berwyn Development Corporation at 708-788-8100.

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