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Southern Exposure - (Second to None: Chicago Stories) by Lee Bey (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 192

Genre: Architecture

Sub-Genre: Criticism

Series Title: Second to None: Chicago Stories

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

Age Range: Adult

Author: Lee Bey

Language: English

TCIN: 78288039
UPC: 9780810140981
Item Number (DPCI): 247-32-9649

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". . . Like the best journalism, this book is a call to action. Bey isn't mourning the lost past but clanging a fire bell, demanding a better future." --Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun-Times

"In Southern Exposure, Bey celebrates the strong, vibrant and beautiful architectural design to be found throughout that part of Chicago that exists south of Cermak Road. This is an area where he grew up and has spent much of his life--an area he clearly loves." --Patrick T. Reardon, Third Coast Review

"Bey [gives] the book a generous, wide-ranging perspective. It's a wise approach: While the many churches, homes, apartment buildings, and large commercial structures that predominate deserve obvious inclusion, it's the more unusual sights that stand out most. One particular highlight is Chatham's Pride Cleaners, featuring a sharply pitched roof and a playful Pop Art sign, 'PRIDE' spelled out on individual, surfboard-shaped neon signs, which, when lit up, 'would twinkle and flash with the exuberance of a Las Vegas marquee touting a Sinatra engagement at the Sands.' The building is emblematic of Bey's often-personalized approach to the history he documents . . . It was a personal favorite of Bey's father, whose impact on his son hangs over the book and informs Bey's passion for architecture; for one 1960s teenager, the roof proved useful as an airborne ramp to bike off of, 'the thrill ride of going airborne off the roof [lasting] for months.' These details bring buildings like Pride Cleaners to life, making its continued lack of inclusion in the city's landmark process even more damning." --Annie Howard, Metropolis Magazine

"With an auteur's lens and a passionate pen, photographer Lee Bey salutes the architecture of his native South Side." --Stephen Ostrowski, Michigan Avenue

"Southern Exposure succeeds at what so many books attempt: it changes the way you see your world. After reading Bey's book and seeing his photographs that fill its pages, we were driving east along North Avenue toward the city on the equally neglected West Side. I found myself noticing an interesting cornice here, some exotic Middle Eastern detailing there, an ineresting doorway, architectural features I'd driven by hundreds of times but that never registered in my consciousness. After you read Southern Exposure, you may never see your city in quite the same way." --David Hammond, Newcity

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