Brad Perkins

Brad Perkins believes that if eyes are the windows to the soul, then broken windows are the eyes to the past. His work takes on invisibility, abandonment and neglect by looking at buildings and places and asking, “what’s in there?” and “what happened here?” His background in journalism and history helps him imagine the stories of people, places and things that have been forgotten, ignored or just hidden in plain sight. He finds beauty in abandonment and solace in lost buildings.



2019: New York Center for Photographic Arts’ Trees and Arches, Jadite Gallery, New York City (Juror’s Selection)

2019: Vicinity, Perspective Gallery, Evanston, Ill.

2017: There’s A Crack in Everything, Perkolator Gallery, Chicago

2017: National Juried Photography Exhibition, Morpho Gallery, Chicago

2017: Art for Life, Venue One, Chicago

2017: Random Acts of Gallery’s All About Beer, Empirical Gallery, Chicago

2016: Focus: Light and Shadow, Black Box Gallery, Portland, Ore.

2016: Emerging Artists, Morpho Gallery, Chicago

2015: Lincoln Square Art Walk, Best of Art Walk and Decorium Gallery, Chicago

2014: Blue, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vt.


Juror’s Selection, New York Center for Photographic Arts’ Trees and Arches, Jadite Gallery,  September 2019

Finalist, “Reflective” and “Laughing Window,” Reflections Contest, Motif Collective, March 2017

Finalist, “Going Nowhere,” Transportation Contest, Motif Collective, April 2016

Honorable Mention, “What’s Outside,” Doorways and Passages Contest, Terrabella Media, December 2015

Finalist, “Into the Shadows,” Lines Contest, Motif Collective, September 2015

Finalist, “Heaven and Hell,” Reflections Contest, Motif Collective, July 2015


Urban Renewal Gallery, Joliet Prison, Chicago, 2019

Ain’t-Bad Magazine, “What We’ve Found--Color”, April 2017

Lenscratch, Masks Exhibition, October 2016

Huffington Post, “18 Places in Chicago to Go When You Need to Recharge & Feel Inspired”, November 2013

Huffington Post, “13 Inspiring Photos of Chicago”, May 2014