A native of Poland, Biedermann came to Chicago in her early twenties during the martial law period, and proceeded to develop a new vocabulary for the curious new world she encountered. Photography became a means not only for her own expression in a new language but a means of exploration. Of particular interest to her were the varied racial, ethnic and spiritual communities of her new home and over the years she has presented shows of bi-racial couples, the large urban Native American community, the lives of nuns in their communities and homes and, of course, the experience of immigrants like herself, adjusting to a new world of values and sometimes humbling rites of passage.
The "taking" of photographs has never been as important as the dynamic interaction between observer and subject--with each somehow transforming the other. In this, the "giving" was as much as the "taking" away to a dark room or printer. Biedermann has published in many magazines, journals and newspapers and has specialized in photographing children both in her studio and in their home environments.
For more about her work and the gallery she founded on the western edge of Wicker Park, Dreambox Foto, just west of Western on North Avenue, you may visit www.dreamboxfoto.com or www. iwonabiedermannphotography.com.
One special photograph to pause over is a triptych of reflections midway down the hall.