Monday, September 26, 2022
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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 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.