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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Williams  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


-- Michael Williams on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Williams lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Williams is a Chicago historian, writer, designer, publisher who has produced more than a dozen books. He is one of the founders of CityFiles Press in Chicago.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Old Chicago Neighborhood: Remembering Life in the 1940's
ISBN: 0972545603

Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc.. 2003

Neal Samors, Michael Williams

Real Chicago
ISBN: 0972545638

Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc.. 2004

"Real Chicago: Photographs from the Files of the Chicago Sun-Times" is an artistic and historical look at Chicago since 1940 based on photographs from the files of the Chicago Sun-Times. The book includes 250 duotone, black and white photographs, and an introduction by Chicago Sun-Times columnist Roger Ebert

Real Chicago Sports
ISBN: 0972545662

Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc.. 2005

A seventy-five year look, from 1930 through the 2005 World Championship Chicago White Sox,at Chicago sports through 288 pages of 375 duotone, black and white photographs from the files of the Chicago Sun-Times. The book also includes an introduction by Rick Telander, sports columnist of the Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago in the Fifties: Remembering Life in the Loop and the Neighborhoods
ISBN: 0972545646

Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc.. 2005

A nostalgic look at Chicago during the 1950s,with chapters entitled Life in the Neighborhoods, Let's Go Downtown, Growing Up in the City, The Sporting Life, and Entertainment in the City. The book has interviews with 65 current and former Chicagoans,including Hugh Hefner, Shelley Berman, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mike Wallace, Hugh Downs, Mort Sahl, Rich Melman, Warner Saunders, Jack Rosenberg, Georgie Anne Geyer, US District Judge Charles Kocoras,Chuck Schaden, Billy Pierce, Carmen Salvino and Johnny Morris. The book also includes more than 200 duotone, black and white photographs.

Richard Nickel's Chicago: Photographs of a Lost City
ISBN: 0978545028

CityFiles Press. 2008

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. He is remembered, too, for the photographs he left behind. This is a book about one man's relationship with his city, a remarkably personal story told through compelling photographs. Richard Nickel's Chicago is for people who love the city, and for people all over the world who value city life.

Who We Were: A Snapshot History of America
ISBN: 097854501X

CityFiles Press. 2006

Since the first snapshots were taken in 1888, Americans have used simple, inexpensive cameras to record their life stories. In the process, they have left behind millions of pictures that document the story of America. Now, for the first time, these personal photographs have been gathered together to tell the nation's history.

Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows
ISBN: 0978545095

CityFiles Press. 2012

Presenting her breathtaking photographs alongside revealing interviews with those who knew her best, this volume is the first attempt to put Vivian Maier's work in context and create a moving portrait of her as an artist. Though she created more than 120,000 negatives during her lifetime, only a few were ever seen by others. Shortly after her death in 2009, the first group of her unseen photographs--gritty with humanity and filled with empathy and beauty--were shown online. What followed was a firestorm of attention, catapulting Maier from previous obscurity to being labeled as one of the masters of street photography. Her work has appeared in numerous museum exhibits and a feature-length documentary on her life and art has already been planned. Features more than 300 duotone photos printed on 105# paper with flood varnish.

Eye to Eye: Photographs by Vivian Maier
ISBN: 0991541804

CityFiles Press. 2014

Since her death in 2009, Vivian Maier has become a photographic phenomenon. Her story—thousands of photo negatives and prints found in a storage locker and sold for pennies at auction—has stirred millions around the world. Maier was a painfully private woman who now speaks powerfully through the photographs she took only for herself. This new collection offers readers a chance to follow Maier as she travels the world, including images of France, Italy, Malaysia, Yemen, Puerto Rico, and America. These eye-to-eye portraits, published for the first time, are the single constant in her lifetime of photographic work. Maier is often cast as a quirky, antisocial character, moving on the outskirts of real connection. But these photographs show something more. Printed with the latest technology, the book utilizes a modified four-color process that produces images akin to traditional silver gelatin prints. Combined with 15u stochastic screening, Maier's 96 photographs in this volume are spectacularly sharp, full-range black-and-white reproductions.

Richard Nickel Dangerous Years: What He Saw and What He Wrote
ISBN: 0991541839

CityFiles Press. 2015

Devoting his life to save America's architecture, Richard Nickel was inflamed by the destruction of what he perceived to be art and disturbed by what this destruction said about the society in which we lived. Today he is remembered through the photographs he left behind as well as the thousands of notes and letters--funny, angry, and always eloquent--that detail a life of passion and determination. He took risks, spoke his mind, and championed an oversized cause. His rebellion against the shortsighted disregard of an American genius, the architect Louis Sullivan, appeals to a new generation interested in conservation--whether of old buildings or natural resources. This book is a collection of more than 200 letters and photographs that will inspire and intrigue readers. Images of Chicago buildings include the Garrick Building, the Chicago Stock Exchange, and the Auditorium Theater. Images of American buildings include Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower in Oklahoma and Louis Sullivan's banks in Iowa and Ohio.

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