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Chicago's Nelson Algren

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They met in 1949 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 we ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Seven Stories Press (first published June 1st 2007)
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David Schaafsma
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicago, photography
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 g ...more
Conrad Wesselhoeft
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, an
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Heather Shaw
Nov 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Chicago’s Nelson Algren
photographs and text by Art Shay, with a foreword by David Mamet (Seven Stories Press) 978-1-58322-764-0

In 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 assignmen
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Conrad Wesselhoeft
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, an
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Ginger
Apr 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicago, non-fiction
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 pe ...more
Adam
Jan 15, 2009 rated it really liked it

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

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Paul
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm behind the curve when it comes to reading Algren's books, but the more I learn of him the more enamored 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.
Lish
Jan 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Very interesting photos and essay of Nelson Algren by Art Shay. What else can I say?
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