Brian K. Read

Chicago, Illinois

I am a product of my experiences. For over twenty years, I've combined a life of professional video production with college-level teaching, to help young people learn how to do what I do. One naturally feeds into the other, as my professional video work allows me to bring fresh experience into the classroom, while teaching keeps me young, able to see the world through the eyes of my students.

I'm also a working musician, playing guitar and singing in Chicago blues and jazz bands, like classic blues, with Smilin' Bobby & The Hidden Charms, exotic country-island music, with The Tiki Cowboys, or fronting my own eclectic band, The Really Big Deal.

In 2006, I was fortunate to be chosen to lead an All-Star Chicago Blues band on tour through Nairobi, Kenya, as part of a cultural exchange sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, and Swissair. The band played fifteen shows in fourteen days, from small clubs to large outdoor venues like the famed Carnivore, and featuring jam sessions with Kenyan musicians, culminating in a live performance and jam at The Alliance Francaise, which was covered by Kenyan TV.

One unique career highlight: I was Director Of Photography for The Crown Fountain project, an interactive video-installation in Chicago's lakefront Millennium Park. Working with artist Jauma Plensa, at the Art Institute Of Chicago, I shot over 800 of the faces that appear on the fountain's two 50-foot towers, on massive 30' screens, using a Sony HDW-F900 HD camera.

I am blessed with a fine family, with two boys and a very busy wife who somehow puts up with my often crazy schedule.

  • Work
    • Production Manager, WYCC, PBS TV, Chicago
  • Education
    • M.A. Interdisciplinary Arts, Columbia College, Chicago
    • B.A. Broadcasting & Film, University Of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa