Hurry! Only a few hundred copies of Uptown: Portrait of a Chicago Neighborhood in the Mid-1970s remain! I have reduced the price approximately 40% to sell the remainder quickly. Hardbound copies are now selling for $25 and softbound for $20.
The coffee-table-sized book (9.5″ x 13″) published by Chicago’s Books Press, an imprint of Chicago’s Neighborhoods, Inc., contains 272 pages, 250+ illustrations, plus an introduction and captions that put the images and the era in historical context. For photographers, the book also contains notes about the equipment and techniques I used when taking the photos.
“Uptown: Portrait of a Chicago Neighborhood in the Mid-1970s” is a time capsule from 40 years ago. It shows you what life was like in one of Chicago’s most diverse and densely populated neighborhoods. Although the book specifically focuses on one neighborhood in Chicago, almost every large city in America has a neighborhood coping with similar challenges.
I’d like to thank the hundreds of readers who took their valuable time to write me with notes of appreciation and to help flesh out details that make the book a much richer experience.
Viewed as a book, instead of a website, these photos become even more powerful. The images are much larger and higher resolution, revealing details not visible on the Web. The images are also arranged in a more logical sequence –when putting together the website, I was responding to reader requests. Finally, when you see all of the images back to back, as opposed to opening them one by one, it’s easier to see the forces that were shaping this fascinating neighborhood and the way ordinary people adapted to them. Below are two sample spreads from the book.
Photographing in Uptown for four years made me much less judgmental and much more understanding of the troubles other people face. I experienced firsthand the plight of parents forced to chose between shoes and food for their children.