Meet Karoshi: An Up and Coming Chicagoland Photographer


I had the opportunity to interview a very creative individual and photographer this week! I’ve come across Karoshi’s instagram so many times and really admire his work and wanted to learn a little more about his place within photography. Enjoy!

I: Hi Karoshi! Introduce yourself, tell us a little about yourself.

K: My name is Khriz Karoshi. I’m from the suburbs of Chicago, I shoot photography, and I’m really into the Comic game.

I: Where did the name Karoshi come from?

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Aleksandar Zhitmirsky

What a mouthful. And what an exhibit!

Joseph Goebbels (Head of Nazi Propaganda) and a Hollywood Producer in the 40s-50s


Humanism + Dynamite at the Art Institute is the most shocking exhibit I’ve seen there in ages. Brilliant prints of India ink and original editions of propaganda magazines showing off the decades-long career of Zhitmirsky, a Soviet propaganda artist.

His job was to turn the German soldiers against their leaders in WWII. And then, he was tasked with turning the American people against our capitalist leaders throughout the Cold War.

“The War Drummer”

Hundreds of prints depict controversial leaders, from Goebbels to Truman, akin to apes, fat cats, Hitler, and nuclear missiles. In his work, Zhitmirsky always appeals to the disenfranchised individual, whether it’s a German soldier fed up with his duties, or a poor American, feeling that the economy is unfair. He speaks to “you” in his illustrations, while depicting incredibly intimate and personal situations to strike a certain chord among his viewers.

“American Foreign Policy”

Zhitmirsky’s most incredible feat is his ability to get you to examine yourself. Sure, Soviet propaganda isn’t a reliable method for basing judgement about the character of a country, but an exhibit like this reminds one to keep a skeptical eye, and that there is power in questioning authority. Doubt is a sign of intelligence, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t study for your exams.

Have a Scien-tastic day!


How Does A Polaroid Camera Work?


Photo courtesy of ME!

A special request from Midnight Pearl, and a quick post, because finals.

Though the themes change, every UIC Radio gathering, party, and event is visited by our office Polaroid. These are the huge plastic cameras that immediately print a photo which develops in front of your eyes. It’s old technology that is just as fascinating today as it was in its origin: Edwin H. Land dropped out of Harvard and invented the first polarizing chemical in 1926 when he was a freshman. He went on to develop specially tinted glasses for the army and navy, 3-D glasses for movies, and finally the classic toy-your-dad-reminisces-about, the Polaroid Camera in 1943.

Above is a picture of Pearl and me, taken on our Polaroid. After it’s loaded into the camera, the entire photo card is actually transferred between two rollers. On the back of the card is a tiny bubble of plastic, containing a reagent that will react with the photo paper and heat produced in the camera.

The back of our photo. The reagent is held in a sealed plastic bubble. 

The rollers press the reagent onto the light-sensitive layer of the paper and cover the negative image that the camera had captured.

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The photo paper on top is made of different layers which react with heat differently, causing different colors to appear on the photo paper.

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The photo card will then peek out of the top of the camera where you can retrieve it and watch as natural light develops the image! Non-vintage versions of Polaroid cameras usually run between $100-$120. A packet of film costs between $15-$25. These classic machines make wonderful memories and are a blast to use. The strong plastic coating and materials used to create the complex photo card add to its durability, inspiring the true phrase that Polaroids last forever.


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That’s all for this semester! Any curiosities about my blog or potential ideas? Post them below in comments! I’ll see you in the fall. H.A.G.S! Heh heh…



Introduction To Johnny Fan

Hey Everyone,

My name is Johnny Fan. I wanted to introduce myself to the UIC Radio audience and community as I’ll be a new writer to UIC Radio. My post days are on Sundays so why not start your Sunday right by relaxing and reading a blog post! =)

Photo of me by my friend Thomas.

To tell you a little bit about myself –  I am 19 year old sophomore studying and majoring in Business Marketing. I love coffee, dancing, traveling, writing, photography, and filmmaking. I think these 6 things pretty much sum up my life because they are all extremely time consuming – yes, even coffee.

I don’t have a lot of images of myself mainly because I am more used to being behind the camera rather than in front of it. With that being said, I have been spending a lot of time behind the camera recently. I’ve been taking photos on my phone for fun as soon as I got my first iPhone which was about 2 or 3 years ago. It was a hand me down iPhone 4, the one without Siri sadly. Nonetheless, I would just take random pictures wherever I could snap a photo and just keep tapping away at the capture button. You miss the 100% of the shots you never take, haha – am I right? Safe to say, I took 100 photos and still missed the shot…

It was not until a year and a half later where I really dived into taking photos for a purpose – to tell a story and share my vision with the world on my iPhone. This year, near the end of June/early July I wanted to take it more seriously so I picked up my first DSLR camera and started teaching myself and sharing my work on Instagram.

Here’s a few photos that I have taken since then. Continue reading “Introduction To Johnny Fan”

Meet Timothy Nguyen!

Hey guys!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer so far. Recently, I got the opportunity to interview a very well-known UIC photographer, Timothy Nguyen! You may know him as the mastermind behind “Humans of UIC”, the photographer behind the camera during photo shoots, and even as the guy who is constantly trying new places to eat around UIC, but sitting down with him, I got the chance to learn a bit more about himself, his work with Humans of UIC and his passion for photography!

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Tim is an upcoming junior majoring in computer science. He loves watching YouTube videos, going to the gym, and playing sports such as football, baseball, basketball and even track! While this social butterfly is always around campus, he admits that in high school he never opened up to new people. “It’s funny, I only talked to the same 5 people in high school every day and never went out to approach new people. Once college started, that all changed”. His passion for photography started 2 years ago because he wanted to learn something new. By only watching YouTube videos, Tim learned how to master the art in photography. Shyly, Tim admits, “I want my pictures to be different; I want them to stand out”

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Humans of UIC started when Tim noticed a blog post about Humans of UIC from blogger Kruti Soni, and contacted her along with other friends asking if they wanted to turn the idea into a Facebook page. With everyone on board with the idea, Humans of UIC became the next big thing on social media.

Tim loves the idea of meeting new people and getting to know more about them, so when taking one’s photo, he asks for a quote for other students to relate to. Tim reveals, “I feel like it brings the UIC community closer together, it helps us get to know one another so when we see a person on campus, we already know a little bit about them”.

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Tim’s passion for photography inspires him to take pictures of students for photo shoots and events throughout UIC. Tim enjoys working one on one with people during photo shoots because there’s always something different in each photo shoot, “Not only am I taking photos of the person, I also get to know more about them as well”, Tim mentions.

Although Tim’s photos are already remarkable, he’s always looking for ways to improve. Another page Tim is involved in is “UIC Photography”. By taking pictures of the UIC campus, he always adds a quote with his pictures to describe the moment and how to inspire others each day. “I want others to feel something when they look at my photos, by adding quotes it helps inspire them each day and it also reflects my mood when I was taking the photo”.  

tim pic 3 Courtesy of Timothy Nguyen

One thing Tim wants everyone to know is that whatever we do; we should be the best at. “Whether you are studying to be a doctor, engineer, or even a photographer, if you love doing it, be the best at it. Don’t give up on your dreams”.

Thank you again, Tim, for all the photos you take to make UIC shine! We look forward to seeing many more photos from you throughout the year!

Be sure to like and follow, Timothy Nguyen,  Humans of UIC,  UIC Photography, and UIC Eats on Facebook!

Till next time,


Weddings all around!

I was just at a wedding this weekend (my ex’s sister’s if anyone cares) and it was awesome!


And thanks to my new media internship, I was obsessed with getting as many cool pics as possible!

The wedding was at a resort near a Lake Michigan beach, so I got some nice outdoor shots, like this one with my little sister, who came as my ‘plus one’:


…Or, like the one with my shoes which I kept taking off because they were too darn difficult to stumble around in when I’m trying to take ground shots.


The wedding was next to this awesome gazebo and you can see the wedding party taking pictures through it if you look closely!


And finally, because I don’t want to bore anyone with descriptions of cakes and dresses and blah-de-blah, I’ll just say that the reception was in a ballroom overlooking the beach (I kept wanting to run out and take sunset shots, but couldn’t without being rude) and the dancing later was a blast!


…including one old favorite that I haven’t heard for years, so I am going to throw it up here, because I’m nostalgic and it’s a classic guaranteed to get the shyest out of their chairs! (plus, I’d never seen the music video before)

Enjoy your Sunday!