- Photos and slides by Tom Smith from 1976 through 2006

Chicago's Maxwell Street Market has a long and richly diverse cultural history. The one aspect of this history is its musical heritage. Chicago Electric Blues, born on Maxwell Street, was an inspiration to other blues music and blues rock. Its influence can still be heard in some of today's music. I have selected blues music that originated on Maxwell Street to accompany my photographs of the Old Market.

The photographs come from a thirty year photographic documentary (1976 through 2006). The total extent of my Maxwell Street photographic documentary is 20,000 B&W photographs.

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Enjoy your trip through the Old Maxwell Street Market.

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All Photographs Tom Smith 2006 Winthrop Harbor Illinois