Nickel, Richard (Photographer/Subject); Cahan, Richard & Williams, Michael (Authors). RICHARD NICKEL'S CHICAGO: PHOTOGRAPHS OF A LOST CITY. Chicago, IL: Cityfiles Press, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 192 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of photographs. One of the most moving photography books of its kind ever published in our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams: Oversize-volume format. Pale gray cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Richard Nickel. Edited with indispensable text by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams. Printed in tritone on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Canada to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents "Richard Nickel's Chicago: Photographs of A Lost City". Tribute to a great city. "Richard Nickel is an urban legend of sorts. He is remembered for his brave and lonely stand to protect Chicago's great architecture, and for his dramatic death in the rubble of the Stock Exchange Building. This is a book about one man's relationship with his city, a remarkably personal story told through compelling photographs. This is for people who love the city" (Publisher's blurb). "Chicago photographer and pioneering architectural preservationist Richard Nickel (1928-1972) devoted himself to photographing the works of world-renowned architect Louis Sullivan, a mission that turned macabre as one revolutionary building after another was wantonly demolished. Nickel was killed in the wreckage of Sullivan's once-magnificent Stock Exchange Building. A stunning and heart-wrenching collection of never-before-seen photographs by a man of vision and conviction. A student of Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, Nickel shot street scenes and portraits. These unexpected gems are followed by a unique and disquieting collection: His brilliantly composed, extraordinarily detailed, and grandly dimensional photographs of what should have been landmark buildings, pictured both whole and in ruins" (Donna Seaman). An absolute "must-have" title for Richard Nickel collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "To Paul, who loves art - and Chicago, Richard Cahan". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient is Paul Berlanga, who is a Chicago-based photography expert and important artist/painter in his own right. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online are subsequent printings or have serious flaws. Often both, as copies were pored over. The book itself remains available in multiple subsequent printings. Signed copies of the Second, Third, Fourth, and all other subsequent printings have no collectible value. A rare signed copy thus. 200 tritone plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0978545028. $150.00

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