Bob Natkin was one of those rare individuals who felt at ease wherever he happened to be. As a photographer, this gave him the ability to create images from the comfortable perspective of an insider. Not only did his pictures convey a personal connection with his subjects, they also allowed viewers of his work a chance to share the intimacy.
As a perennial insider, Bob Natkin was the ideal guide to the post World War II era in which he lived and worked. It was especially fortunate that his principal base of operations was his hometown of Chicago- a city that was in a tumultuous period of transitions.
Throughout his career, Natkin was a photographic chronicler of fading aspects of urban life- subjects that most people took for granted, or ignored altogether. In his presence, timeworn buildings and neighborhoods revealed the layers of their past, and the realities of their present.