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Chicago: Loop/Chicago: Lake by Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee is two books in one. Begin on one side for Chicago: Loop. Flip the book over and begin with Chicago: Lake.
The Offer: Chicago: Loop/Chicago: Lake is published in an edition of only 1,100 signed and numbered copies. The first 100 copies will come with the purchaser’s choice of any photograph in the book at a price half of what a print alone sells for. No more than 10 original photographs of any image will be available. Make your selection early. A pre-publication offer is also available for the hardcover edition.
For the first 50 copies:
You may select your photograph(s) now or you may make your selection after you receive the book.
The signed and numbered book without an original photograph is $95.
Don’t miss out on Chicago: Loop/Chicago: Lake. It is sure to become a valuable collector’s item.
Chicago: Loop/Chicago: Lake
Individually, Chamlee and Smith have received acclaim for their striking images of places as diverse as Tuscany, Iceland, the American West, the markets of San Francisco, and a farm in Texas. Commissioned to photograph Chicago, Chamlee and Smith trained their lenses in different directions. Chamlee explored the less tamed beauty of the lakefront while Smith photographed the manmade grandeur of the Loop’s architecture. This combined book of their pictures, a first for Chamlee and Smith, unites these two visions of the Chicago landscape to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Tuned into the rhythms of Chicago buildings, Smith’s photographs in Chicago: Loop, made with an 8x20-inch view camera, offer up a horizontal view of this most vertical city. While panoramic in format, most of the photographs do not, in fact, capture wide views. Rather, these “anti-panorama panoramas” hone in on architectural patterns that formed, somewhat haphazardly, as Chicago’s downtown has grown through the decades. The result is a series of photographs that allow even Chicago natives to view the Loop, so iconic and familiar, through new eyes.
In Chicago: Lake, Chamlee returns to her roots as a painter by combining her photographs of the lakefront with her drawings, assemblages, ephemeral constructions, and writing. In her photographs and artwork, Chamlee creates a multi-layered experience that reflects the nearly seamless interplay between manmade structures and nature that flows along Chicago’s shoreline. Chicago: Lake documents the beauty—both humble and dramatic—that emerges when a teeming city revels in the good fortune of its natural environment.
Together, the distinctive visions of Chicago: Lake and Chicago: Loop unite in a book to be cherished both by admirers of fine photography and by lovers of a great American city.
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