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Richard Nickel's Chicago: Photographs of a Lost City Hardcover – October 1, 2008

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*Starred Review* In They All Fall Down: Richard Nickel's Struggle to Save America's Architecture (1994), Cahan presented an eloquent biography of Chicago photographer and pioneering architectural preservationist Richard Nickel (1928-72). Nickel devoted himself to photographing the works of world-renowned architect Louis Sullivan, a mission that turned macabre as one revolutionary building after another was wantonly demolished, and Nickel died in the wreckage of Sullivan's once-magnificent Stock Exchange Building. Cahan and coauthor Williams now present a stunning and heart-wrenching collection of 200 never-before-seen photographs by a man of vision and conviction. A student of Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, Nickel shot covertly prayerful street scenes and portraits. These unexpected gems are followed by a unique and disquieting collection: Nickel's brilliantly composed, extraordinarily detailed, and grandly dimensional photographs of what should have been landmark buildings, pictured both whole and in ruins. Thanks to Cahan and Williams, the losses Nickel so precisely documented are balanced by Nickel's recovered and profoundly evocative photographs, works that testify to the need for preservation, and stand as works of art embodying an elegiac beauty. Donna Seaman
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Richard Cahan is the author of They All Fall Down, the life story of photographer Richard Nickel. He and co-author Michael Williams have written six books together, including Who We Were: A Snapshot History of America. They both live in Chicago.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: CityFiles Press (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978545028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978545024
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.8 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Don Seeley on February 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
So much of Nickel's reputation is tied to his tragic efforts to save and document Chicago's architectural legacy that a critique of his technical and artistic skills often takes second place. The broad scope of the work displayed here illustrates both, as well as giving evidence of his prolific output. The images show a mastery of large and small formats in subject, tone and composition.

All together, a melancholy delight of Modernist photography.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Borowy26 VINE VOICE on June 16, 2009
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Richard Nickel was a talented photographer and advocate of preserving buildings that were historically significant architectural masterpieces.

Regrettably, Chicago's political leaders, including Mayor Richard J. Daley, and the leaders of the city's building and trade unions wanted the jobs and dollars generated by demolition of existing buildings and the employment and prosperity promised by authorizing new construction projects. Nickel waged a lonely and futile battle as he petitioned the city to preserve and protect historic landmark buildings.

Nickel painstakingly photographed many of the buildings designed by the architectural firm of Adler & Sullivan. He took great care to document Sullivan's ornate design details. Sometimes, Nickel had no sooner developed his film than the residences, office buildings and theaters in his pictures were scheduled to face the wrecking ball.

Nickel lost his own life while he was inside the shell of the once magnificent Stock Exchange Building and the partially demolished building collapsed. Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan were two of the most eminent architects in Chicago history, but time and urban change doomed many of their buildings. Only a handful of their buildings survived the turbulent Sixties. Sullivan was nearly forgotten by the time of his death and his friends had to raise funds to provide him with a proper burial and a cemetery monument.

This is a beautiful book that is lavishly illustrated with photographs. The author incorporated many of Nickel's own notes into the text. Chicago belatedly created a historic landmark commission after many of the most deserving buildings were bulldozed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brown on December 30, 2011
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Great addition to my library. Exceptionally rare and beautiful photographs of a city I hadn't known. Making this book even more special was the inspirational and moving story of Richard Nickel. Would highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Koch on January 5, 2012
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This volume is an absolute must have for any aspiring (or professional) historian of the Chicago architectural movement. Just to be able to see what the city looked like long ago, was worth the view provided by this picturesque compilation. Kudos to Mr. Nickel for preserving for us and future generations, what was the folly of the Father Daley's administration: misunderstanding and disrespect for the value of architecture.
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