Editor’s Note: As the word “Places” suggests, these photo galleries are all partially defined by geography. The Travel – Domestic and Travel – Foreign Galleries and the Old Chicago gallery are mostly about location. However, the The Cliff Dwellers, Homes, Workplaces and Schools galleries, while all related to specific locations, are notably full of family members, co-workers and classmates. In this group are the University of Chicago Law School, which I attended from 1967-71, and Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., where I worked between 1986 and 2014 as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.
As you will see, the pictures of the Places galleries were not taken with the primary goal of being able to display an elegant composition. While composition of photos was always in mind, in the forefront for me was always the goal of recording my meanderings near and far in an encyclopedic way.
This bent is particularly noticeable when I was traveling out and about for business or pleasure in Chicago, I usually took my camera with me. With it I repeatedly photographed constants in my immediate landscape. Examples are the many pictures I took of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s bell tower and globe on top of 310 South Michigan Avenue. Another example of this is Britannica’s clocktower and sign at its later 325 North LaSalle Street location.
However, you will also see features in my immediate travels about town that were very much in flux. An example of this is the Art Institute of Chicago gallery documenting the construction of its Modern Wing. This group of photos is now pulled together in the Things gallery though it was largely photographed from the terrace of The Cliff Dwellers arts club at 200 South Michigan Avenue. Not surprisingly, The Cliff Dwellers merited its own Places gallery given the many pictures taken there after I became a member in 1997.