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Private Places: Photographs of Chicago Gardens (Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places) Hardcover – November 15, 2005

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  • Series: Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Center for American Places; First Edition edition (November 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930066414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930066410
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 10 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,595,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“By focusing his camera on backyard gardens, Brad Temkin has captured something poignant and wonderful about the human urge to be at harmony with nature, even in the most urban of circumstances.”

(Andy Grundberg, curator of photography, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C 2005-01-01)

“Temkin’s lush photographs are both documentary and visionary. . . Temkin’s photographs of these private spaces reveal the artist’s personal truth, a world of heightened color and expressive composition that contains both calming sanctuaries and overripe urban Edens.”

(Barbara Tannenbaum, Head Curator, Akron Museum of Art 2005-01-01)

“What is breathtaking here is how he has employed his wondrous color palette upon the intricacies of space, volume, line, and detail that individual gardeners have brought to their particular city spaces.  His final compositions are equally celebratory of nature and revealing of this vigorously independent humanity. . . Thomas Moore once remarked upon how the 'soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.'  True enough, but how easily we fail to see this simple majesty as we hurry along on our separate ways.  It takes an artist of Temkin’s talent and insight to reveal this transcendent beauty that remains to be discovered in the eternal within us all.”---Roy Flukinger, Research Curator of Photography, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin

(Roy Flukinger 2005-01-01)

“Brad Temkin’s gardens are for people like me. These are not spaces that emulate the great Kew Gardens in London, or Le Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris. These are personal spaces that have been cultivated with lots of spare time and loving attention.  In Private Places the message is clear: the varied plots welcome us, as those gardens were planted and tended by their owners, not by a landscaping crew.”

(Linda Benedict-Jones, Silver Eye Photo 2005-01-01)

"Beautiful and evocative photographs."
(The Photo Review 2007-01-01)

About the Author

Brad Temkin teaches photography at Columbia College Chicago. His photographs are part of numerous permanent collections including those of the Art Institute of Chicago; Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, Illinois; the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

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