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Opening Chicagoscapes places the reader amid the breathtaking grandeur and warm humanity of one of the world's great cities, a metropolis both lavish with its pleasures and as hard as weathered steel, a prairie-bound Oz that demands commitment from those seeking its truths. Larry Kanfer and native Chicagoan Alaina Kanfer have captured authentic moments that invite the viewer into pocket universes achieved in collaboration between an acclaimed photographic artist and the living world. From the deep blues of Lake Michigan to imposing winter cityscapes, from awe-inspiring skyscrapers to corner hot dog joints, and from the lakefront chess obsessives to Maxwell Street's indefatigable vendors, Larry Kanfer brings the mesmerizing sensibility acclaimed in his collections Prairiescapes and On Firm Ground to illuminate the subtleties of mood and forces of nature that make Chicago a city unlike any more

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  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 256.54 x 287.02 x 17.78mm | 907.18g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252034996
  • 9780252034992

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"Larry Kanfer's photographs capture the majesty of Chicago's skyscrapers and the humanity of the city's urban haunts. Larry's artistic eye reinterprets our internationally acclaimed city into a wonderland of towering architectural forms and angles, illuminated dreamscapes of light caught in perfect moments."--David Chasco, Director, Illinois School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "Chicagoscapes is a love letter to what is magical and romantic about the Windy City. Kanfer has in these pages captured this beautiful city through atmospheric lighting, interesting angles, intriguing composition, and great timing. . . . Chicagoscapes is full of great moments in a great city."--Chicago Book Review "Kanfer has conjured up images that are uniquely and distinctly American." --Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World Praise for previous books by Larry Kanfer: "Kanfer's atmospheric photographs evoke the quiet drama of Midwest prairies, the immensity of skies and cornfields, the poetry of changing seasons, moods, twilights, textures. . . . Poignantly, unexpectedly beautiful." --Publishers Weekly "Kanfer's gift is that he can endow the ordinary landscape . . . with an almost magical sense of beauty." --Judith Loy, Associated Pressshow more

About Larry Kanfer

Larry Kanfer earned a degree in architecture from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an award-winning photographic artist whose original artwork is available through his galleries in Champaign, Illinois, and online at His original artwork is featured in public and private collections nationally. His previous books of photography include Prairiescapes, On Firm Ground, On Second Glance: Midwest Photographs, and, with Alaina Kanfer, Barns of Illinois and Illini Loyalty. Alaina Kanfer grew up in Chicago, graduated from Northwestern University, and received her doctorate in mathematical social sciences from the University of California, more

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