I could spend hours…and hours…and hours….browsing bookshops, especially old second hand ones. There’s just such a thrill in finding treasure their and something you just couldn’t plan for….looks really interesting…
Ali was a neighbor of mine.. of sorts.. He lived a couple blocks from my dorm in Hyde Park, on the southside of Chicago. In 74 or 75 he gave a talk. He was amazingly intelligent and thoughtful. When i saw him on the outside of his house I thanked him for the talk.. talked with him for about 20 minutes.
i’ve been waiting years for you to travel to chicago, for any reason… i never expect you to, though… since you grew up in indianapolis you probably know better than to expect to find style in a midwestern city….
but art students and young people generally are moving into hispanic communities (logan square and pilsen) and each group is influencing the other’s style for the better… not to mention we have some of the most stylish black communities in the country….
Stephen Daiter Gallery, which published this collection, is an important and highly enjoyable gallery in Chicago. Any of his catalogs are worth seeking out. (Full disclosure: I’ve edited some catalogs for him way back.)
come to Chicago already! really! we’re no money, all swagger, and the boys would break your heart….. i would love to see how you see it. plus theres nothing so untrustworthy as a disavowed midwesterner.
Were you aware that the fellow on the left in the dueling portrait was none other than legendary Chicago author, Nelson Algren? He and Art Shay were great friends. On one memorable evening Art was showing slides at a local gallery. Nelson was there and every time he was in a photo he would jump up and scream “Hey, that’s me!!”
The book is rare with only two copies on Amazon! I find the photo of a Black Man with a “blood stained” shirt compelling moreso than The Great One (reverence) because two White Males are captured by the front of the camera while viewers like me revel from a rear perspective. Intriguing interlude between Black and White captured for the ages!
I am purchasing the book to see if Ethel Waters is captured during her Chicago Capone night club days!
Art Shay, at age 90, is still going strong. If any of you are interested in seeing more of his photography, he writes a weekly column for the website Chicagoist. I’m glad to have him as a regular contributor.