Pen Name: None
Genres: Non-Fiction, Other;
Born: 1928 in Chicago, Il
Deceased: 1972 in Chicago, Il
Richard was born and raised in the Humbolt Park area of Chicago, Il.
Biographical and Professional Information
During the urban regeneration of the 1960s and 1970s, scores of 19th century buildings in Chicago were being demolished. Among these were the works of Louis Sullivan and members of the Prairie School. By this time many of the buildings were neglected, with little public interest in their retention. Nickel encountered Sullivan's work while photographing the architect's buildings for a school project at the IIT Institute of Design in Chicago under Aaron Siskind. Studying and photographing Sullivan's buildings quickly became an obsession for him. Ultimately, he devoted much of his life to photographing them, hoping to produce a comprehensive photographic compendium.
Nickel was killed on April 13, 1972, while attempting to obtain more items, when a portion of the Chicago Stock Exchange building collapsed on him. He is buried in Chicago's Graceland Cemetery, not very far from where Sullivan is buried. He was just 44 years old.
In 2010 the archives of Richard Nickel were donated to the Art Institute of Chicago.
- Architectural photographs by Richard Nickel, University of Illinois, 1973
- They All Fall Down: Richard Nickel's Struggle to Save America's Architecture (Richard Cahan), Wiley, 1995
- Richard Nickel's Chicago: Photographs of a Lost City(Richard Cahan and Michael Williams), City Files Press, 2008
- The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan(withAaron Siskind, John Vinci and Ward Miller) , Richard Nickel Committee;, 2010
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Architectural photographs by Richard Nickel
Release Date: 1973
They All Fall Down: Richard Nickel's Struggle to Save America's Architecture
Release Date: 1994-09-01
The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan
Release Date: 2010-11-01
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