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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
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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

Sicilian-born photographer Visalli offers a rousing portrayal of the Windy City, sharing striking images of Chicago's beaches, ballparks and buildings. The full-color images are divided roughly by neighborhood, with short blocks of text (featuring quotes from actors, musicians and poets) interspersed throughout. Visalli's strength lies in his attention to detail, which can be seen in his close-up of the facade of the Rookery Building, built in 1886; or in his depiction of the gold lettering that graces the front of the famous Pizzeria Uno restaurant. Many of these shots were taken on brilliantly sunny days, so that the shining skyscrapers jump out against blue skies (although the image of fog rising above Lake Michigan on a cold November day is also striking). And Visalli shows off images of famous landmarks, such as Navy Pier and the Wrigley Building, as well as lesser-known sights, like the 1960s-style parking garage that towers above the Chicago River, and Marc Chagall's vibrant mural The Four Seasons, on First National Plaza. (Dec.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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.