George Pfoertner is a freelance corporate editorial photographer living in
Wilmette with his wife and two children.
He studied art and photography at the University of Illinois at Chicago and
Columbia College. He began his career with an architectural photography studio
in 1988 where he was the studio/production manager and associate photographer.
After leaving the studio, he began his own business as a freelance photojournalist
for area newspapers such as the Chicago Sun-Times, the Pioneer Press and the
Northwest Herald. He has covered a wide variety of events including sports,
political rallies, disasters, and everyday life.
Over the years his freelance business has taken him on assignments to Hong
Kong, Mexico, Brazil and throughout the United States. His clients include
corporations, newspapers, magazines, design and public relations firms and
the private sector.
Along with his corporate clients he also works with non-profit organizations
such as Causes for Change International. As a volunteer, he photographs and
assists with projects such as free medical, dental and hearing exams given
to village people in Ecuador.
Another recent project was in connection with the Visiting Alumni Program
at Wayland Academy high school in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Along with two other
alumni he taught a class in documentary video film making for the schools