(photo by Lee Bey)
The city never sleeps. But it keeps one eye open at night, rather than two--meaning Chicago doesn't exactly roll up its sidewalks at night, but it comes close, particularly downtown.
Check out this 1956 episode of "What's My Line," featuring architecture Frank Lloyd Wright. His voice is deeper than I imagined. And he's certainly got charm. At the end, Wright discusses his newest project, Price Tower, and wishes aloud that a photo of it could be shown. Let's oblige him.
*Ok."What's My Line" was filmed in New York City, not Hollywood. So sue me.
For several days now, I’ve been fixated–there is no other word for it–by the images of the late photographer Vivian Maier, a French-born woman who worked for years as a nanny, while leading a secret double-life as a street photographer.
You’ve never heard of Maier? Don’t feel badly. Nobody really knew about Maier’s work as a photographer until after her death in 2009 and Chicagoan John Maloof stumbled upon her medium format negatives and rolls of undeveloped film–a whopping 100,000 images–at an estate sale and decided to share them.
Maloof has posted scores of the images in a very fine blog that he often updates. Maier’s crisp black-and-white photographs capture a solemn Chicago: doyennes seemingly lost in an increasingly modern city; workaday folk walking and shopping beneath the script of neon; old men in shabby suits, hanging out on downtown street corners. She photographs Chicago at the same period as did posthumously- discovered amateur photographer Chuck Cushman, but Maier’s is more sober and thought-provoking.
(photo by Lee Bey)
Chicago's landmarks commission will vote today on whether to recommend alderman grant protected landmark status to the Timothy Blackstone Memorial Library, a century-old Tiffany-domed Beaux Art beauty in the Kenwood neighborhood--blocks east of President Obama's house--that is also the first branch library built in the city.