The Hetherington Design Dynasty: Photographs by Mati Maldre

Wall panel text for the exhibit – The Hetherington Design Dynasty, at the Ridge Historical Society, Chicago, IL, May 15 – December 31, 2022

In 1985, I was commissioned by the Beverly Area Planning Association to produce portraits of buildings in Beverly Hills/Morgan Park for an exhibition of silver gelatin prints at the Chicago Architecture Foundation in 1986. As a Beverly resident, I had an interest in, and familiarity with the diversity of architectural styles in this area and I continued to document its historic and significant architecture into the 2000s. With this exhibit, I have edited my work of the Hetheringtons.

In my architectural photographic documentation, I strive to maintain the intricate and delicate blend of fundamental documentation and interpretive expression that reveals new appreciation and understanding of our man-made environment. I attempt to couple a firm respect for the subject’s integrity and the architect’s intent with a desire to produce an accurate photographic image with my 4×5 Deardorff view camera and now a new 8×10 ink jet digital print.

Thus, my photographs, like the buildings they represent, are both art and science, both personal and practical. Through this exhibition, I hope to increase the public’s appreciation for the significant architecture of the three generations of the Hetheringtons.

Wall of 30 photographs from the exhibition