I love people.

I’ve been photographing the world around me since I was this high.

I’ve worked as an artist in many mediums over the past 30 years. I write. I perform. I make puppets and films.

Portraiture is where I want to be most— because eyes are everything— and the photograph of a face can go on indefinitely.

In a photograph— we can do no wrong. It’s a world for us to play in— to find ourselves at our strongest, most beautiful, most ideal. It’s a place to freely say what we want (loudly or gently) without fear of judgment.



joe mazza owner/photographer brave lux inc

Joe Mazza’s been photo’ing the world around him since he was this-high.

Over the past 30 years, he’s worked as an artist in many media– playwrighting, puppetry, film, radio, and theater. All of that work informs how he creates with a camera.

His photographs have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, TimeOut Chicago, Chicago Reader (cover photo), American Theatre Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Magazine. Joe is the preproduction photographer for Court Theatre at the University of Chicago— and the photographer for Newcity’s “Leaders of Chicago Culture”. He works regularly with theaters such as The Second City, Steppenwolf, Writers Theatre, Timeline Theatre, The Neo-Futurists, Oracle Productions, Blair Thomas and Company, WildClaw Theatre, Irish Theatre of Chicago, Prologue Theatre, About Face Theatre, The House Theatre, Definition Theatre, Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, The Gift Theatre, Raven Theatre, The Den Theatre, and others.

His play “Art and Her Ugly Sisters” was a Eugene O’Neill Semifinalist– and his solo puppet tragi-toon, “The Hyperbolist” has been performed in Chicago, NYC at HERE Arts Center and The Red Room, and Boston.

see some of Joe Mazza’s other work at
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