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Iconic film photographer Peter Sorel turns focus to Chicago

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

He was the still photographer on some of the greatest films of all time but he left it all behind to move to Chicago.

Peter Sorel is a still photographer who shot photos on the sets of everything from "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest" to "Twilight." He has a lifetime of stories, but he's decided that the only celebrity that he wants to shoot these days is Chicago.

From "Easy Rider" to "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." From "Die Hard" to "Seven."

A wide variety of cinematic landmarks that have one thing in common.

Sorel is a still photographer, who moved to Los Angeles in 1959 following the Hungarian Revolution -- he had no interest in the movie business, but his sharp skills landed him gigs shooting photographs on low-budget film sets.

The job led to another, and another, and another, all of which have now accumulated into nearly 50 years of photographing some of cinema's most iconic films.

But not all shoots were easy. Sorel says some celebrities were less receptive to his camera than others.

But then, the business changed. Working on the special effects heavy "Life of Pi" convinced Sorel it was time to walk away from cinematic photography.

Which is exactly why he decided to move to Chicago – inspired by the time he spent here working on "The Blues Brothers," Sorel says that the Windy City is the only celebrity he shoots these days.

So while he may not be shooting on film sets anymore, you can see a lifetime of work at his exhibit "Peter Sorel: Hollywood to Chicago" at the Hilton Asmus Contemporary.

A lifetime of work that showcases the power of film. The power of actors. The power of a moment.

You can see the exhibit of Sorel's work at the Hilton Asmus Contemporary starting Thursday. For more information, visit Hilton-Asmus.com.

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