Chicago's Nelson Algren

Chicago's Nelson Algren They Met In 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 Didn T Pick Up The Article, But Shay And Algren Became Fast Friends Algren Gave Shay S Camera Entrance Into The Back Alley World Of Division Street, And Shay Captured Algren S Poetry On Film They Were Masters Chronicling The Same Patch Of Ground With Different ToolsChicago S 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 You Ll See Shay S Pictures Look At Shay S Photos And You Ll Hear Nelson S Words

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  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Chicago's Nelson Algren
  • Art Shay
  • English
  • 11 September 2019
  • 9781583227640

10 thoughts on “Chicago's Nelson Algren

  1. says:

    I read this first a couple years ago, October 2014 , though I was aware as a midwesterner of many of these pics always they were in galleries, newspapers, and so on I have it home again to look at as I plan to read some Algren this summer And I am trying to read everything I can get my hands on by Algren s decades long buddy and photojournalist Shay, too Sets the tone a bit for the reading AND they are classic urban Chicago photographs I live in Chicago I m a person of a certain age who grew up with gritty socially conscious black and white photography And that kind of writing, too, in Algren.Unfortunately at this very moment the cool cover photograph is not visible But inside there are many photos of Algren in his various haunts, and some of just those haunts Street scenes, bars Some of the Simone de Beauvoir photos are here, too Scandalous A French Feminist philosopher The Second Sex, which I read for important information when I was in my late teens who has a wild affair with the hard boiled profane American male writer News flash Read all about it Algren and Frenchie were two of the main subjects that made Shay famous in and out of Chicago But that s just a kind of outlier in Algren s and Shay s experience Most of this is economically disadvantaged street photography, photojournalism.Shay writes the profane, fun intro for his collection, very chatty, as if one one should be in a bar while looking at the book He likes to put in rave reviews of Algren and his own photography, too, which is only slightly annoying American myth making And ego But you forgive him, finally, because the photos are really that good Working class photography, for the most part, except when Simone comes to town Here s a lot of photos from the book, worth at the very least skimming.https www.google.com search q art s

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    Being that Damen and Division was my adult reintroduction to Chicago, it was interesting to see how much things have changed and in some ways, have not changed since Algren s years in pictures As a fan of Algren s work, this was an interesting, different view into his life Really, it s like imagining that Algren had an Instagram account these pictures function much the same way.

  3. says:

    Few novelists have captured the gritty essence of Chicago better than Nelson Algren 1909 1981 , author of The Man with the Golden Arm and A Walk on the Wild Side And no photographer has captured Algren s love affair with the dispossessed of that city better than Art Shay, one of America s leading photojournalists who is still going strong in his tenth decade.Here is Algren, in the 1950s and 60s, wandering a city of winos, beggars, addicts, hookers, pawnbrokers, hucksters, and gamblers, and yet everywhere finding dignity, humor, honor, and tenderness We see the all night cafes near Division Street, the boxing clubs of Wabash Avenue, the on the make and on the take characters of Chicago s demimonde Long ago, as a kid wandering the bustling corridor between Union and LaSalle Street stations with my mother and sisters, in the several hours between trains from Boston to Seattle, I glanced down the old alleys and caught glimpses of Algren s fast disappearing Chicago I ve returned to the city many times over the years, but it s Algren s mix of gritty majesty, tragedy, and humanity so unapologetically reflected in the photography of Art Shay that sticks like a fine mortar in my memory.

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    Chicago s Nelson Algrenphotographs and text by Art Shay, with a foreword by David Mamet Seven Stories Press 978 1 58322 764 0In 1950, The Nation Book Award presented its first awards, and The Man with the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren was the winner in the fiction category The novel tells the story of a WWII vet with a heroin addiction who discovered a talent for dealing cards while in the service Just before the award, Life magazine staff reporter Art Shay pitched a story and won an assignment to follow the writer around his South Side Chicago neighborhood Although Life dropped the piece drug addiction is a hard sell , and a book with Doubleday dried up as well, the photographer and the writer remained friends.The photos, taken with a Rolleiflex and a Leica, follow Algren on his Schwinn, peeking in windows, hamming with friend Marcel Marceau, listening to housewifely complaints, contemplating an afternoon party girl, speaking with lover Simone de Beauvoir yes, she was married to Sartre While he was at it, Shay snapped photos of waitresses, children, coffee breaks, and bullet holes with equal measures of irony and joie de vivre Sixty years ago, Algren wrote an introduction for this book that was never made titled, If You Don t Like These Pictures, Get Your Own Damned Camera Don t miss this wonderful book, and be sure to read the captions.Seven Stories also publishes most of Algren s once out of print work.

  5. says:

    Few novelists have captured the gritty essence of Chicago better than Nelson Algren 1909 1981 , author of The Man with the Golden Arm and A Walk on the Wild Side And no photographer has captured Algren s love affair with the dispossessed of that city better than Art Shay, one of America s leading photojournalists who is still going strong in his tenth decade.Here is Algren, in the 1950s and 60s, wandering a city of winos, beggars, addicts, hookers, pawnbrokers, hucksters, and gamblers, and yet everywhere finding dignity, humor, honor, and tenderness We see the all night cafes near Division Street, the boxing clubs of Wabash Avenue, the on the make and on the take characters of the demimonde.Long ago, as a kid wandering the bustling corridor between Union and LaSalle Street stations with my mother and sisters, in the several hours between trains from Boston to Seattle, I glanced down the old alleys and caught glimpses of Algren s fast disappearing Chicago I ve returned to the city many times over the years, but it s Algren s mix of gritty majesty, tragedy, and humanity so unapologetically reflected in the photography of Art Shay that sticks like a fine mortar in my memory.

  6. says:

    David Mamet writes a short but commanding Foreward in this edition where he describes Art Shay s photos as having the Chicago accent Mamet describes Chicago as a city where after decades away, he finds himself saying dese, dem and dose tapping the other fellow on the forearm to make my point Mamet closes by saying Art s work feels like that guy, tapping me on the forearm That statement really lit me up inside and I have to say I agree Shay s photos feel like Chicago, in a very personal and persuasive way.Many of the photos here are the same as it s predecessor, Nelson Algren s Chicago Although the pictures are formatted quite a bit smaller, and the overall quality of the prints are often not as good, the pictures themselves are just as powerful and telling, and often times present a slightly different frame or crop, highlighting a new angle or detail A vivid glimpse at the gangways, back alleys, and sidewalks of Chicago.

  7. says:

    Shay s photography is, natch, beautiful, but he really does himself and Algren great service by sticking to the Chicago s Nelson Algren conceit Shay is no slouch as a writer, either, and he does a great job of showing how the city shaped Algren s sensibilities The opening preface is a great and tender recollection of a friend, and never slips into elegy or sentimentality Nor, indeed do the photos

    A must read for anyone who wants to see a picture of Marcel Marceau being thrown out of the Art Institute Or a photo of Simone De Bouvoir s naked ass.

  8. says:

    I m behind the curve when it comes to reading Algren s books, but the I learn of him the enad I ve become I m a sucker for all things gritty and Chicago, so viewing Shay s remarkable photos capturing the time and place of Algren captivated me Devoured the entire book in one sitting granted, it s mostly pictures Highly recommend for those interested in a forgotten era of Chicago and an under appreciated literary giant.

  9. says:

    Very interesting photos and essay of Nelson Algren by Art Shay What else can I say

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