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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Center for American Places (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930066805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930066809
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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"Andrew Borowiec's book is spectacular. As much as I liked his first two books, Along the Ohio and Industrial Perspective: Photographs of the Gulf Coast, Cleveland is my favorite." - Bob Thall, Columbia College Chicago "When I first looked at these photographs, they touched a real and prideful and sometimes hurtful nerve inside me; they reminded me of the same places I've written about, places that in a very real way affected the fictional characters I brought to life.... This is an amazing collection picturing the place I love." - Les Roberts, from the Introduction"

About the Author

Andrew Borowiec is professor of art at the University of Akron. He is also the author of Along the Ohio and Industrial Perspective. He has received numerous grants, including one from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and his photographs are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among others.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F.D. Wolfe on March 19, 2009
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I enjoyed the pictures of places I had driven past or worked at for thirty plus years - much of the landscape changed while I worked there but more has changed since. Many of the places are weed patches now that used to be alive with men, machines, and traffic going to and from as well as part of the mills. I could only wish there were more pictures from when the place was really alive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregg Eldred VINE VOICE on July 5, 2009
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As author Les Roberts states in the Introduction to this book, "Cleveland is a tough town." The weather, politics, and economy requires that this city be tough. However, if you say you live in Cleveland, you may not actually live IN Cleveland. "Clevelanders" live in Shaker Heights, Bay Village, Brecksville, and many other cities that surround Cleveland. Thankfully, I have worked and played in Cleveland and am familiar with many of the neighborhoods depicted in Andrew Borowiec's book, Cleveland: The Flats, the Mill, and the Hills, but I have not seen them until now.

Contents:
Introduction: Living in Cleveland by Les Roberts
The Plates
Afterword: What's Left? by Rod Slemmons
List of Plates
Acknowledgements
About the Author and the Essayists

Commissioned by the George Gund Foundation, Andrew Borowiec took photographs of Cleveland for its 2002 Annual Report. However, once he was finished, the George Gund Foundation provided the support for their publication in an imprint of the Center for American Places. What you see is a Cleveland that many know but never see. The pictures, all in black and white and with only a couple of people, are stark, gritty, industrial, touching, and beautiful. Black and white is the perfect medium for Cleveland. Some photographs, taken in winter, seem colder; like a wind off of Lake Erie. Others, in the summer, seem hotter, more humid. Much like some of our summer days. In short, this is how Cleveland should look. The photographs that really make an impact are of people's back yards, overlooking the industrial Flats. Their choices of furniture do not seem out of place; car seats, mismatched chairs, makeshift tables. Gritty furniture for a tough people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexis on October 20, 2010
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This book is important for lovers of industrial architecture of any rust belt city, and especially we Cleveland expatriates who miss our own days of photographing the ever-fascinating Flats area. Cleveland, the Hill etc beautifully conveys the simple majesty of working landscapes. The sun and shadow composition of the photos is splendid, so evocative of both times gone by, but in some photos, the present as well. Borowiec definitely has an artist's eye and feel for his material. The Flats are unique to Cleveland, and Borowiec captures the spirit and identity perfectly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 23, 2011
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Andrew Borowiec, <strong>Cleveland: The Flats, the Mill, and the Hills</strong> (The Center for American Places, 2008)

Les Roberts, in his introduction to this volume, mentions that people don't show up in these photographs. He's not quite right; there are five photos of the eighty-seven in this volume that contain people. They are far away and blurry, or their backs are to the camera, but they do show up. And I think I get what Roberts was saying--that humans are in no way the focus of these pictures--and he's right, but I think there's another layer to this. The population density in Cleveland has been slowly eroding away over the past decades, like the backyards of the mansions along Lake Road or the cliffs that hold up the houses in Rocky River. You can't look at these photos, if you've lived here for a while, and <em>not</em> think about that.

I'm sorry to pick on Les Roberts, but the other bone I have to pick with his introduction (which I enjoyed a great deal, it's quite well-written and, while I am focusing on the things I disagree with, there's a lot more in there I don't have any problems with at all) was his focus on the classic-Cleveland vibe of these pictures. And that is there, of course, but my reading of Roberts' introduction was that it was there to the exclusion of modern Cleveland. Nothing could be further from the truth. While there are certainly pictures here that probably could have been taken thirty of forty years ago and would still look exactly like they do now, there are a lot of pictures here that use far more than Jacobs Field (or whatever they're calling it now) and that stupid-looking semicircular thing that looms over the west shoreway as you head downtown.
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