In Southern Exposure, published October 15, photographer and writer Lee Bey journeys across the South Side with his “bulky 35mm Canon and tripod,” documenting the architecture that people living in the rest of the city (not to mention state or country) tend to forget about. Bey is deeply connected to his subject matter: his grandparents came to Bronzeville as part of the Great Migration, and he writes about Chicago Vocational, the high school where he trained to become a printing press operator before an English teacher encouraged him to pursue journalism. Throughout the book, Bey weaves together his sharp photographs with their historical context—the story of Pullman’s creation, or an account of the resurrection of Bronzeville’s Rosenwald Court Apartments. The Weekly picked out a few of the best pictures from Southern Exposure below, but go out and buy the whole thing, preferably at your nearest South Side bookseller. (Christian Belanger)
Lee Bey, Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side. $30. Northwestern University Press. 192 pages.