I am excited to announce that the Japanese photography book producer Utakatado has just published Isolated Building Studies, the first book dedicated to my Isolated Building Studies project. The 56-page softcover book is 7.5″ x 11.5″ and features 36 of my favorite photographs from the series, including the images in the below thumbnails. Additional images of the book from the publisher are below the thumbnails.
The book is already available in Asia, but it will be a couple of weeks before it is available in the U.S. without shipping directly from Japan. In the meantime, if you are outside of Asia and would like a copy, you can purchase the book from me using the PayPal link below. The book is $19 (tax included), plus $4 for shipping within the U.S. (contact me for pricing for other destinations). I should be able to get the books in the mail one workday after an order is placed, with the first orders going out on Friday.
UPDATE: Isolated Building Studies has been featured by a variety of publications including Dwell, Chicago magazine and Gizmodo. It is now also stocked by Chicago bookstores Quimby’s and 57th Street Books.
I’m both sorry and happy to say that the book is sold out in the United States, but there is still limited stock through UTAKATADO in Japan.
After filling 2010 and 2011 with travel, I changed gears in 2012 to spend most of the year in Chicago working on two local projects.
The first was the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation supported To be Demolished series, in which I photographed 100 buildings threatened with demolition throughout the city. Among my goals for the project was to get a sense of the range of buildings lost, from minor buildings receiving no public attention to those in the limelight. The full series is viewable on Gapers Block, and you can read more about it in this column by Mary Schmich.
The second Chicago project was the simultaneous undertaking of my dissertation and a documentary film about a group of South Side Chicago residents who are being displaced. I will be posting more about that work within a month; in the meantime, here are a few frames from the film. Update: The film is now online, and I’ve included it above the screenshots.
While the local initiatives kept me busy, I still found time to extend projects in Belfast, Northern Ireland and nine other U.S. cities. I visited Belfast to continue documenting the activities of Eleventh Night and The Twelfth, and most of the U.S. visits were structured around wrapping up the fieldwork component of my collaborative effort with Michael Carriere, which I’ve previously mentioned on the blog and was written up in The Atlantic Cities.
Below I present a selection of photographs from most of those cities, alongside a few more from the Chicago area.
Elsewhere in the Chicago Region
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Buffalo, New York
Chama, New Mexico
Your Company Name & Logo Here (2011)
Since Fall 2009 historian Michael Carriere and I have been working on a project documenting a range of community and economic initiatives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
On Friday, December 16, the first public presentation of that material will open at the Grohmann Museum in Milwaukee. The exhibition, entitled “Working Legacies: The Death and (After) Life of Post-Industrial Milwaukee,” will run at the Grohmann, 1000 N. Broadway, until February 6, 2012. A Gallery Night event with the two of us will run from 5-9pm on January 20, 2012.
Additional information about the show is available in this interview on Salon. Background information can be found on The Huffington Post. An image of the exhibition and sample photographs follow.
A view of “Working Legacies” at the Grohmann Museum
Foundry Worker at Falk Facility, Rexnord (2011)
Growing Power (2009)
House, Froedtert Malt Corporation/Malteurop (2011)
Chicago and Northwestern Transportation Company Swing Bridge (2011)
Sweet Water Organics (2009)
I’m excited to say that five of my images are included in Migration: Lost and Found in America, a new photography book edited by Donald McCrea that was just released by MWP. There are some great photographers in the bunch, including Dave Jordano, Edward Burtynsky and Susana Raab.
If you’re interested in owning photography books: It will be available in bookstores near you starting November 1 and is available now through amazon.
The complete photographer is as follows: Alex Harris, Bill Sosin, Dave Jordano, David Schalliol, David Zaitz, Donald McCrea, Edward Burtynsky, Jerry Downs, Joe Burull, Kenneth Jarecke, Mark Indig, Peter Granser, Susana Raab, Travis Ruse, William Greiner and Will Steacy.
Running Through the Demolition Site – Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2010.
A small solo show of my work from Chicago and eleven other locations around the country will be featured on Sunday, July 25 at the newest location of The Opportunity Shop, 5225 S. Harper Ave. The show will be open from 12:00-5:30pm, with a dinner open to the public on site starting around 6pm.
P.S. While you’re down in Hyde Park, you can also check out the Celebrate Hyde Park Music and Art Festival, which will be running from noon until 9pm on 53rd Street, with headlining act WAR.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the opening. Here is a photograph from the show.
I’m excited to be participating in two out of town openings this weekend.
The first is a solo show entitled “The Isolated Building” at Mt. Comfort Gallery in Indianapolis. It’s the first show in its new home in the Murphy Art Center, so I decided to really go all-out. I’m particularly excited to be working in three different print sizes, all of which should provide significantly different opportunities for interacting with the images. Below is one example of one of the installations before it was installed.
I’ll be there all evening, so if you’re in Indianapolis, it’d be great to see you.
The second is a group show at the New Orleans Photo Alliance entitled “The American Dream,” juried by Deborah Willis. Included in the show is a photograph from my Detroit series, “Dinner at the Taco Stand,” which I’m proud to say took the juror’s prize.
While I obviously can’t be in both places at once, I’m looking forward to seeing the show when I visit New Orleans at the end of the month.
UPDATE: Here are a few photographs from the Indianapolis show. “Thank you” to everyone who came out despite the snow storm!