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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

  • The Old Chicago Neighborhood: Remembering Life in the 1940's , West Ridge Historical , 2003 - written with Neal Samors
  • Real Chicago , Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc., 2004 - written with Neal Samors and Richard Cahan
  • Real Chicago Sports , Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc., 2005 - written with Neal Samors and Richard Cahan
  • Chicago in the Fifties: Remembering Life in the Loop and the Neighborhoods , Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc., 2005 - written with Neal Samors
  • Richard Nickel's Chicago: Photographs of a Lost City , CityFiles Press , 2008 - written with Richard Cahan
  • Who We Were: A Snapshot History of America , CityFiles Press , 2008 - written with Richard Cahan and Nicholas Osborn
  • Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, CityFiles Press, 2012 - written with Richard Cahan
  • Eye to Eye: Photographs by Vivian Maier, CityFiles Press, 2014 - written with Richard Cahan
  • Richard Nickel Dangerous Years: What He Saw and What He Wrote, CityFiles Press, 2015 - written with Richard Cahan

Selected Titles At Your Library

The old Chicago neighborhood :
ISBN: 0972545603. OCLC Number:

Chicago's Neighborhoods,. [Chicago, Ill.] :. 2003.

Real Chicago :
ISBN: 0972545638. OCLC Number:

Chicago Sun-Times, Inc.,. [Chicago] :. ©2004.

Real Chicago sports :
ISBN: 0972545662. OCLC Number:

Chicago Sun-Times, Inc.,. [Chicago] :. ©2005.

Chicago in the fifties :
ISBN: 0972545646. OCLC Number:

Chicago's Neighborhoods,. [Chicago, Ill.] :. 2005.

Hundreds of black-and-white photographs, with reminiscing interviews by people (both ordinary and famous) who grew up in Chicago in the 1950s, including Governor Jim Thompson, Sheriff Richard Elrod, sportswriter Bill Gleason, film critic Norman Mark, columnist Georgie Anne Geyer, Hillary Rodham Clinton, broadcast journalist Joel Weisman, Mel Thillens Jr., Blackhawks announcer Harvey Wittenberg, Chicago Bears player Johnny Morris, pitchers Jim Brosnan and Billy Pierce, jazz artist Ramsey Lewis, radio personality Chuck Schaden, comedian Mort Sahl, and television personalities Hugh Downs, Mike Wallace, and Ray Rayner.

Richard Nickel's Chicago :
ISBN: 0978545028. OCLC Number:

Cityfiles Press,. Chicago :. ©2006.

Who we were :
ISBN: 097854501X. OCLC Number:

Cityfiles Press,. Chicago :. ©2008.

From the sod houses of South Dakota to the skyscrapers of New York City, these personal photographs form the first people's photo history of America.

Vivian Maier :
ISBN: 0978545095. OCLC Number:

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Presenting her photographs alongside interviews with those who knew her best, this volume is the first attempt to put Vivian Maier's work in context and create a portrait of her as an artist. Though she created more than 10,000 negatives during her lifetime, only a few of them were ever seen by others. Shortly after her death in 2009, the first group of her unseen Chicago photographs--gritty with humanity and filled with empathy and beauty--were shown online. Word of her work spread quickly, catapulting Maier from previous obscurity to being labeled as one of the masters of street photography.--From publisher description.

Eye to eye :
ISBN: 0991541804. OCLC Number:

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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, anti-social character, moving on the outskirts of real connection. But these photographs show something more. Printed with the latest technology, the book utilizes a modified 4-color process that produces images parallel 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 :
ISBN: 0991541839. OCLC Number:

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"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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