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Mr. Skrebneski often told the story of his introduction to photography: While playing in a park around the age of 7, he found an abandoned camera, which he dutifully turned over to the park attendant.

“I took it inside and gave it to the lady at the desk,” he told The Chicago Sun-Times in 2000.

“She said if no one picked it up in a week, I could have it.”

No one did.

In the beginning he was his own teacher, which, he said years later, contributed to the blurry spontaneity of some of his favorite pictures.

“No one told me when I was 7 years old that I shouldn’t shake the camera. That was the beginning, and I liked the way it looked, and I didn’t know there was any other way to look.”


Victor Skrebneski, 1929-2020, photographer