Chicago photojournalist Art Shay, 96, died this weekend. His eye always seemed to find and photograph funny similarities or juxtapositions. He captured the rich and the famous, and the seminal moments of our time, but also everyday people with a thoughtfulness and a dignity. And in many ways, he embodied Chicago: tough, tender and hard-working, dogged in his pursuit of that split second that nobody else could see. It would be there, and then it would be gone. But Shay was there, waiting to pounce, so that the rest of us might see it too.
Chicago also lost another giant of the art world, Art Paul, over the weekend. Paul was known for creating the famous bunny logo for Playboy magazine back in the early 1950s. He was born on Chicago’s southwest side and spent his childhood in Rogers Park. Paul served in the Army Air Corps in WWII. Paul was 93 years old.