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Visalli, Santi.
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Publication Information:
New York : Universe Publishing [2003]

Physical Description:
127 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Revised edition of Chicago, first published in 1987 by Rizzoli.
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F548.37 .V57 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This handy format showcases Chicago's greatest sites and views, including four gatefolds of breathtaking panoramic beauty that capture the visual paradoxes and triumphs of this famous city by the lake. Visalli photographs the architectural masterpieces famous throughout the world―from Louis Sullivan's ornamental facades to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's sleek office towers―as well as the works of the new generation of the Chicago School of Architecture. But Chicago is about more than buildings: Visalli shoots the dark girders of the El, the taverns open all night, and the pomp of Michigan Avenue. With more than 200 images, Chicago captures the visual paradoxes and triumphs of this great American city.

Author Notes

Award-winning photojournalist Santi Visalli's photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times, as well as in other leading magazines and newspapers throughout the world. He is the author of Universe's San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Boston.
Stanley Tigerman has designed buildings through-out the world. In 1988 he designed the installation for the Art Institute of Chicago's exhibition "Chicago Architecture: 1872--1922." The following year he organized the "99 Chicago Architects" at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.

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Booklist Review

While it'll never be pretty like San Francisco or glamorous like Manhattan, Chicago is well worth looking at. It has hundreds of imposing buildings by the likes of Sullivan, Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and such latter-day big guns as Helmut Jahn, not to mention public artwork by Picasso, Calder, Chagall, Dubuffet, Miro, and Oldenbourg. Glossy photojournalist Visalli concentrates on the new buildings and monuments, admitting only details-lovely details-of the older ones. Through virtuosic deployment of telephoto and wide-angle lenses, dazzling long exposures, all manner of color distortions, and lots of panoramic and odd-angle viewpoints, he showcases the toddling town royally. Nearly all the pictures are run full page, and since the pages are 10 by 13 inches, the several two-page spreads effortlessly evoke gosh-all-willickers reactions. A resume of the captionless plates including building identifications and dates is appended. RO. 779'.9977311043 Chicago (Illinois)-Description-1981-1987-Views / Architecture-Illinois-Chicago-Pictorial works [CIP] 87-45391

Publisher's Weekly Review

Freelance photojournalist Visalli's superb color pictures celebrate the architecture, vistas, roadways and artwork of the Windy City. As Kurtis, a Chicago television anchor, notes in the foreword, Chicago rose like a phoenix from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871, and new edifices were fashioned from incombustible materials like brick, stone, iron and slate. Visalli depicts such older architectural greats as the Adler and Sullivan Auditorium Theater, as well as giant newcomers like the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center. Kurtis refers to contemporary slums with their ``wanton'' hunger and violence, but Visalli reveals the fashionable Gold Coast on Lake Shore Drive, sculptures by Calder, Picasso and Henry Moore, the University of Chicago campus, the trading floor at the Chicago Board of Trade and the facade of the Art Institute. Curiously, the Baha'i Temple in suburban Wilmette is included among the examples of ``urban'' grandeur. Captions are placed at the end of the book, which is cumbersome. (January 4) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

For Italian photojournalist Visalli, Chicago is heroic buildings set against earth, water, and sky. Few neighborhoods, indeed few peoplein spite of WBBM-TV anchorman Bill Kurtis's down-home introductionintrude on Visalli's elemental vision of the metropolis. This magnificently reproduced assemblage of over 200 color photographs, taken over the course of a year, are syncopated with ``quotable quotes'' from Chicago writers and visitors. What emerges is an oddly matched fusion of photo and text, a city portrait more architectural than urban. For regional collections. Annette Melville, Research Libraries Group, Stanford, Cal. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.