South Park Then and Now, an on-line photo exhibit by the Washington Park Camera Club (WPCC), weaves together historic and contemporary images of South Park: Jackson, Washington Parks and the Midway Plaisance. The photo essay, completed as part of the Olmsted 200 celebration in Chicago, highlights the importance of Olmsted’s landscapes in the past as well as the vital role they play in the lives of Chicagoans today.

Founded in 1955 and one of Chicago’s oldest camera clubs, WPCC is predominantly composed of African-American members, many of whom grew up near Washington Park.

South Park Then and Now was presented as part of Art Design Chicago Now, an initiative funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art that amplifies the voices of Chicago’s diverse creatives, past and present, and explores the essential role they play in shaping the now.