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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Larry Kanfer  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1956 St. Louis, Mo.


-- Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/LarryKanferGallery
-- Website -- http://www.kanfer.com
-- Larry Kanfer on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=larry+kanfer


Illinois Connection

Kanfer is an award winning photographer who operates a gallery in Champaign, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Larry Kanfer earned a degree in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an award-winning photographic artist whose original artwork is available through his galleries in Champaign, Illinois and on his website. His original artwork is featured in public and private collections nationally.


Published Works

  • Prairiescapes: Photographs, University of Illinois Press, 1987
  • On This Island, Viking Adult, 1990
  • On Second Glance, University of Illinois Press, 1992
  • Postcards from the Prairie, L. Kanfer Gallery, 1996
  • On Firm Ground, University of Illinois Press, 2008
  • Barns of Illinois, University of Illinois Press, 2009 - produced with Alaina Kanfer
  • Illini Loyalty, University of Illinois Press, 2011 - produced with Alaina Kanfer
  • Chicagoscapes, University of Illinois Press, 2014 - produced with Alaina Kanfer
  • A Prairie State of Mind, University of Illinois Press, 2016


Selected Titles At Your Library

Prairiescapes :
ISBN: 0252014820. OCLC Number:

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On this island :
ISBN: 0670831751. OCLC Number:

Viking Studio Books,. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :. 1990.

On second glance :
ISBN: 0252019687. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. ©1992.

Without the evident drama of treacherous glaciers or mountain peaks, the midwestern landscape may - on first glance - appear commonplace. But those who look again will find an uncommon beauty as eloquent as that of the highest waterfall. With this distinctive collection of photographs, Larry Kanfer uncovers anew the drama of the prairie's changing skies and seasons and celebrates the serene dignity of the Midwest. "Elsewhere there are physical changes," states Kanfer.

Postcards from the prairie :
ISBN: 0965220427. OCLC Number:

L. Kanfer Gallery,. Champaign, Ill. :. ©1996.

On firm ground :
ISBN: 0252075870. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press ;. Urbana, Ill. :. 2008.

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.

A prairie state of mind /
ISBN: 0252040333. OCLC Number:

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