Author: Larry Kanfer with Alaina Kanfer
Illuminating the heart and hidden views of Chicago
Cloth – $34.95
Publication Date
Cloth: 10/13/2014
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About the Book

Opening Chicagoscapes propels the reader into 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.

About the Author

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 online at His original artwork is featured in public and private collections nationally. His previous books of photography include Prairiescapes, On Firm Ground, On Second Glance: Midwest Photographs, and, with Alaina Kanfer, Barns of Illinois and Illini Loyalty. Alaina Kanfer grew up in Chicago, graduated from Northwestern University, and received her doctorate in mathematical social sciences from the University of California, Irvine.

Also by this author

Prairiescapes coverOn Firm Ground coverOn Second Glance coverBarns of Illinois coverIllini Loyalty coverA Prairie State of Mind cover


Praise for previous books by Larry Kanfer:

"Kanfer's atmospheric photographs evoke the quiet drama of Midwest prairies, the immensity of skies and cornfields, the poetry of changing seasons, moods, twilights, textures. . . . Poignantly, unexpectedly beautiful."--Publishers Weekly

"Kanfer's gift is that he can endow the ordinary landscape . . . with an almost magical sense of beauty."--Judith Loy, Associated Press

"Kanfer has conjured up images that are uniquely and distinctly American."--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

"Larry Kanfer is one of the country's more gifted photographers. He has the sensitivity and eye of Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter."--ARTnews

Praise for Chicagoscapes:

"Chicagoscapes is a love letter to what is magical and romantic about the Windy City. Kanfer has in these pages captured this beautiful city through atmospheric lighting, interesting angles, intriguing composition, and great timing. . . . Chicagoscapes is full of great moments in a great city."--Chicago Book Review


"Larry Kanfer’s photographs capture the majesty of Chicago’s skyscrapers and the humanity of the city’s  urban haunts. Larry’s artistic eye reinterprets our internationally acclaimed city into a wonderland of towering architectural forms and angles, illuminated dreamscapes of light caught in perfect moments."--David Chasco, Director, Illinois School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign