This review is written by Robin Benson.
This is my second book of remarkable photos by Wayne Miller. Sadly he died in September 2013, aged ninety-four but his work will be with us for years to come. My first book, a monograph: Wayne F. Miller: Photographs 1942-1958 was published in 2008 and included thirty-eight Chicago photos some of which are this title. What I like about these photos is the way he captures people doing everyday things in such a natural way. Nothing here suggests a contrived posed, helped also because no one is looking at him take the shot, it's as if he wasn't there. Many of the photos originally appeared in Ebony magazine.
Apart from a few photos of entertainers the rest capture, in fascinating detail, life in Chicago's south side. The workplace and workers, interiors of homes and bars, parades, funerals, sport and street scenes with plenty of activity. The detail in all these pictures is impressive and typical of Miller's eye to capture a scene that reveals so much.
The book uses a two hundred screen for the photos though the paper is not quite as good as the monograph I mentioned. It does have one advantage over that title because each photo has a caption beneath it, so no flipping to back pages as is so common in photo books.
'Chicago's south side' is a rich selection of Wayne Miller's photojournalism work capturing the lives of ordinary people.
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Another Wayne Miller book and two about colored Chicago
Title page where there really should have been a photo or two
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