Two central Illinois newspapers recently profiled David Zalaznik’s new book Life along the Illinois River. The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette story is currently behind a fee-based archive wall, but the Springfield State Journal-Register piece is available here.
“Work on the book started in November 2005, when Zalaznik was one of 10 photographers â€” mostly from the Peoria area â€” invited to display work related to the Illinois River.
‘So I decided to go out and create some new pictures,’ he said. ‘The show ended up in September 2006, and it was pretty successful. I was having fun shooting pictures of the Illinois River on my off time, and I kept going â€” not knowing where it was the project would take me. . . . There has been so much more interest than I ever imagined.'”