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Pioneering preservationist Richard Nickel lived and died to save America’s architecture. He is remembered for the photographs he left behind. But he also left thousands of notes and lettersfunny, angry, and always eloquentthat detail a life of passion and determination.
This book is the closest you will ever come to knowing Richard Nickel.
Collected here are his own writings, some yellowed with age, paired with never-before-seen photographs of the urban world he captured so well.
We are finally catching up to Richard Nickel. He took risks, spoke his mind, and championed an over¬size cause. His rebellion against the shortsighted disregard of great architecture appeals to a new generation interested in conservationwhether of old buildings or natural resources.
This singular book tells a life story through evidence. It is a narrative built around the written and photographic documents in Nickel’s life.
What he left behind still inspires people to stop and look. He is more relevant today than ever before.
Richard Nickel (19281972) was a Chicago photographer who documented American architecture, primarily the work of Louis Sullivan, Dankmar Adler, and Frank Lloyd Wright. He is also considered a pioneer of the historic preservation movement in the United States.
Richard Cahan served as the picture editor of the Chicago Sun-Times for sixteen years. Since then, he has teamed up with Michael Williams to produce twelve books. Most are based on long-lost archives or photographic collections.
Michael Williams has teamed up with Richard Cahan to produce twelve books. Most are based on long-lost archives or photographic collections. Called the eloquent archival sleuthing duo” by Booklist magazine’s Donna Seaman, they have written award-winning books about photography, art, and history,