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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charles Osgood  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

-- Charles Osgood on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Osgood has lived in Chicago for most of his life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Osgood is a photographer. He was born in Milwaukee and raised in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He graduated from Ripon College and later studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving a master of fine arts degree in photography. He began his journalism career as a reporter for City News Bureau, the legendary Chicago training ground for journalists, before going to the Chicago Tribune as a reporter in 1969. After covering town meetings and features in the south suburbs, and taking photographs to run with those stories, he transferred to the photo department, where he remained for nearly 39 years. He has been an adjunct professor of photojournalism at Columbia College since 1991.

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Titles At Your Library

Sidewalks: Portraits of Chicago (Chicago Lives)
ISBN: 0810123495

Northwestern University Press. 2006

"A wonderful book that tells you the basic truths of our city." —Studs Terkel

Few people know Chicago as do Rick Kogan and Charles Osgood, and their "Sidewalks" column for the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine is a tour of the city like no other, taking readers to the off-beat and quintessential spots that give Chicago its character—that make its inhabitants feel at home and tell its visitors that they have arrived.

Accompanied by evocative color photographs by Charles Osgood, Kogan's pieces revisit the lost places and people of Chicago, and take readers down the quiet byways and thriving thoroughfares, pointing out the characters and cornerstones, the oddities and institutions that make the city what it is. In this collection you will find an elegy for Maxwell Street, the marketplace that pulsed with city life for more than 100 years a remembrance of a disturbing advertisement ("Are you a slave to housework?") on the side of a building on Irving Park Road a cross marking a deadly intersection a magical miniature golf course as well as ballad singer Fred Holstein, the denizens of the World Gym and memories of Bensinger's pool hall, the day-camp kids of summer, bike couriers, the creatures of the beach, and much, much more. Here is Chicago, past, present, and—let's hope—future, captured in the unique archive of Sidewalks.

Sidewalks II: Reflections on Chicago
ISBN: 0984126503

Sidewalks Book Company. 2009

Book by Osgood, Charles, Kogan, Rick

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