Common Ground

Scott Strazzante

Common Ground

Scott Strazzante

Monday, September 26, 2022

11:30 PM

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"Common Ground" is one of Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Scott Strazzante's personal projects. It follows two families living on the same plot of land, but many years apart. Juxtaposed photos show the commonalities that bind these  families across space and time. Longtime farmers Harlow and Jean Cagwin  sold their land after decades of ownership, to a developer who turned it  into a subdivision. Then the Grabenhofers, with their four young  children, bought a home built on the site where the Cagwin's farmhouse  once stood. The photo series shows how these two  families who seem to live worlds apart nevertheless share common ground.

Scott Strazzante

Scott Strazzante joined the photography staff at the San Francisco   Chronicle in 2014 after spending the first 27 years of his career at   Chicago newspapers, including 13 at the Chicago Tribune.

Strazzante  is a former POY/NPPA National Newspaper Photographer  of the Year, an  11-time Illinois Photographer of the Year and was part  of a Chicago  Tribune team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for  investigative  journalism.


Strazzante’s personal project, Common Ground,  has been featured  in National Geographic, Mother Jones, New York  Times’ Lens Blog and on  CBS Sunday Morning. The 23-year-long effort,  which has won BOP’s Best  Feature Video and POYi’s Community Awareness  Award, became his first  book with PSG.


In October, 2017, Strazzante's second book- Shooting from the Hip- was released. The book consists of iPhone Hipstamatic snaps from around the USA.


In  2016, twenty years after being named an Outstanding Young  Alumni,  Strazzante received a Distinguished Alumni Citation from Ripon  College.