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artist in society: life. liberty. pursuit of happinesses

Nancy Bechtol

nbechtol@ameritech.net 773-252-1512 United States

Topics of Focus

street photography. social documentary


Nancy Bechtol is a photographer, independent producer/director, artist and educator.

APA freelance photojournalist. Filmed on location, Chicago, independent feature documentary film, "Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist"

The true story of artist, activist and Exec. Director of the Uptown Multicultural Arts Center in Chicago. Chris sold art for $1 to challenge the Peddler's License and ended up fighting the Illinois Eavesdropping Law which carried 4-15 years in prison, since he audio-recorded his own arrest.I documented his journey for over 3 years. March 2, 2012, Judge Sacks rules in favor of Chris Drew, supported by 2 pro bono attorneys, Kutnick and Weinberg.The Illinois Eavesdropping Law is declared Unconstitutional. He won! but a reincarnation of the Illinois Easedropping Law came back only months later.  A key turning point was that, ,At the NATO, Chicago, marchers for the first time legally audio-recorded police in public. Cell phones abounded with all forms of recording by many. Chris Drew is the Patron Saint of Street Artists and the Defender of Free Speech. RIP (1950-2012)