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Chicago's Nelson Algrenby Art Shay
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They met in 1949 when Art was a reporter for Life. Shay followed Algren around with a camera, gathering pictures for a photo-essay piece he was pitching to the magazine. Life didnt pick up the article, but Shay and Algren became fast friends. Algren gave Shays camera entrance into the back-alley world of Division Street, and Shay captured Algrens poetry on film. They were masters chronicling the same patch of ground with different tools.
Chicagos Nelson Algren is the compilation of hundreds of photos—many recently discovered and published here for the first time—of Nelson Algren over the course of a decade and a deeply moving homage to the writer and his city. Read Algren and youll see Shays pictures; look at Shays photos and youll hear Nelsons words.
Book News Annotation:
In 1949, photographer Shay conceived of a book showing writer Algren (1909-81) in the seedy milieu of Chicago that he wrote about, and began following him around--with his permission of course. The first version, Nelson Algren's Chicago, seems never to have been published. Here Shay compiles 120 photographs--many recently discovered, along with many from the first version--illustrating a culture and its poet that are both now gone. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The backstreets of Nelson Algren's Chicago captured on film.
About the Author
After flying 29 combat missions in World War II, Art Shay joined 'Life' magazine as a staff reporter, before leaving to beome one of America's leading photojournalists. Shay first met Nelson Algren in 1949, when photographing the writer for 'Life', and they became friends, covering many similar areas and themes in their work, sometimes together.
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