Item description for On City Streets: Chicago, 1964-2004 (Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places) by Gary Stochl & Bob Thall...
Overview Presents a collection of photographs that depict everyday life on the streets of Chicago.
City streets are perhaps the most paradoxically anonymous and personal of all public spaces in the city: people blindly collide in their rush to reach their destinations, while the homeless look for humanity amid the thousands passing by. Gary Stochl captures this daily drama in On City Streets, a penetrating examination of the unpredictable people, places, and events that make up the streets of downtown Chicago. It is a stunning collection made even more so by the fact that this is the first work of Stochl's to be seen in his forty years as a photographer.
Until 2003, Stochl had never shown his photographs to anyone; his rich body of images remained completely unknown to the public. Self-taught and working in isolation, Stochl carefully studied the work of other renowned urban photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank. Through his studies, he learned how to see his subjects, and he developed a visual language uniquely his own, unfettered by fashion or community. The results of his efforts are these powerful images that provide a starkly honest and penetrating glimpse into the lives of city dwellers and their internal struggle with the loneliness of contemporary urban life.
Like all great images, Stochl's photographs leave the viewer with an altered sense of the world. On City Streets offers, with unnerving directness and consistency, that rare artistic combination of visual sophistication and stunning emotional resonance. With this book, Stochl joins the ranks of Chicago's great photographers.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2005
Publisher Center for American Places
ISBN 1930066376 ISBN13 9781930066373
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Stochl captures Shy Town Sep 15, 2005
If you are a fan of Robert Frank this is your new American photographer . Where Frank ushered in his vision of America from across the country Stochl captures his vision on the seeming lonely streets of Chicago . Focusing his leica on the almost but never touching human figures he leaves you with powerful images of our loneliness in daily commute. A true reason to call this city Shy Town.
Stark but intelligently composed views of Chicago Aug 23, 2005
Stochl appears to think in black in white, lending the gravity of the form to the people and streets of Chicago he captures here with such memorable directness. The often stylish, but always competent, compositions seemed intuitively matched to their subject matter in each case, often highlighting the subjects' sometimes dramatic, sometimes disjointed relationships to their surroundings. Stochl seems to effortlessly combine bracingly direct naturalism with appropriate, innovative composition. You will not find more substanial or more accomplished contemporary U.S. photography.