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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Alaina Kanfer  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1962 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Kanfer grew up in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kanfer graduated from Northwestern University and received her doctorate in mathematical social sciences from the University of California, Irvine.

Published Works

  • Barns of Illinois, University of Illinois Press, 2009 - produced with Larry Kanfer, photographer
  • Illini Loyalty: The University of Illinois, University of Illinois Press, 2011 - produced with Larry Kanfer, photographer
  • Chicagoscapes, University of Illinois Press, 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

Barns of Illinois /
ISBN: 0252032748. OCLC Number:

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In this magnificent new collection, renowned photographer Larry Kanfer documents the diversity of barns throughout the Prairie State, from weathered, abandoned shelters in the countryside to proudly well-preserved landmarks featured in barn tours and even Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo. Kanfer presents barns from every angle, inside and out, from a distance and up close, to capture the many reasons why they fascinate, inspire, and reassure.

Illini loyalty :
ISBN: 0252035003. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. ©2011.

Chicagoscapes /
ISBN: 0252034996. OCLC Number:

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Opening Chicagoscapes places the reader amid the breathtaking grandeur and warm humanity of one of the world's great cities, a metropolis both lavish with its pleasures and as hard as weathered steel, a prairie bound Oz that demands commitment from those seeking its truths. Larry Kanfer and native Chicagoan Alaina Kanfer have captured authentic moments that invite the viewer into pocket universes achieved in collaboration between an acclaimed photographic artist and the living world. From the deep blues of Lake Michigan to imposing winter cityscapes, from awe inspiring skyscrapers to corner hot dog joints, and from the lakefront chess obsessives to Maxwell Street's indefatigable vendors, Larry Kanfer brings the mesmerizing sensibility acclaimed in his collections Prairiescapes and On Firm Ground to illuminate the subtleties of mood and forces of nature that make Chicago a city unlike any other.

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