Chicago People

Chicago People

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Chicago prides itself on its liveliness. Here is Chicago life in all its vitality, vigor, and more

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  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 217.2 x 263.1 x 17mm | 780.19g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252026799
  • 9780252026799

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Named a Chicago Tribune "Editor's Choice" -- "Chicagoan Richard Younker takes readers into pool halls, factories, scrap yards, barbershops, boxing rings and churches in the city. In this powerful book of black-and-white documentary photography, we meet people living without luxury or comfort. As winter approaches and we curl up by a cozy fireplace, this book is a reminder of those on the outside." -- Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune "Captures the heart and soul of [Chicago] and its people... Musicians on Maxwell Street are a flurry of activity; young street hoods posture in front of a souped-up sports car; children cling to a man playing dominoes in Humboldt Park; ... Polish dancers kick up their heels; unwavering Chicago politicians lock eyes with the camera; the wisdom of the ages is reflected in an old man's face as he smokes an elaborate pipe; meat packers, ironworkers, railroad repairmen stolidly go about their daily routine." -- Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times "Photographer Richard Younker peers into an auto factory, a church, a racetrack, and a boxing ring in Chicago's People to tell of a 'second city's' daily life and rhythm. Street musicians, undercover police officers, prostitutes, pool sharks, and gang members tell their varied tales in words that accompany Younker's black-and-white pictures." -- Doubletake "To see Chicago through Richard Younker's lens is both an engaging and a sobering experience... Younker's monologues add personality to the photos, as his subjects tell their stories, express their feelings, and entertain each other with anecdotes... The monologues convey the spirit, humor, memories, and livelihoods of Chicago's citizens. Younker's photos provide a compelling view of both the working-class citizens of Chicago as well as the residents who just barely got by." -- Vanette M. Schwartz, Journal of Illinois History "Younker's preface sets the proper tone of a singulaly poignant but unsentimental journey. His subjects, he tell us, 'survive by wit and cunning'; some 'are scorned and feared.' Although the portraits include a large number of perfectly likeable and even innocent subjects... the demeanor of Younker's Chicago people tends quite strongly to alertness, to an awareness of hard facts... I am moved by so many of the photographs and words in Chicago People because they do the work that they're meant to do: they reveal a world that isn't my own... How can any viewer resist the pull ... of a book which challenges us as viewers and readers to be as unrepentant and forthright with our humanity as Chicago people have been with theirs?" -- Michael Hoberman, Journal of the Illinois State Historical Societyshow more

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