The first in the City Edition series of books by Trope Publishing Co., Chicago showcases a unique view of one of the most photographed cities in the world by 27 independent photographers from Chicago and beyond. This carefully curated and beautifully bound collection of 206 stunning photographs offers a perspective of Chicago as it has never been seen before.
Collectively, the photographs represent a distinctive urban view of the city. The Chicago Edition is divided into eight chapters, primarily focused on the lakefront and downtown areas showcasing iconic buildings, streets and parks. Each chapter is accompanied by a map along with the locations where the photographs were taken. The images reflect the interests of the photographers rather than serving as a comprehensive guide to the city. In many cases, there are several photographs of the same location, shot at different times of the day, in different seasons, with different tones. These studies offer a strong point-of-view, whether digitally processed, filtered, toned, or sharpened — giving each image a contemporary and urban sensibility.
Editors Sam Landers and Tom Maday spent nearly a year identifying and meeting with the photographers and meticulously editing their portfolios to produce this unique book. “While the photographers come from all walks of life, they share a common passion to visually capture their city like never before,” said Landers. “They demonstrate incredible resolve and discipline – shooting tirelessly day and night, in rain and snow, to get ‘the shot’– resulting in images and perspectives that few Chicagoans experience,” added Maday.
Sam Landers is the Publisher and Editor at Trope Publishing Co. and has edited Chicago, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Paris, all titles in Trope's City Edition series. Prior to launching Trope, Sam spent over two decades working in digital marketing. An avid photographer, Sam enjoys traveling, always taking his camera and notebook.
Michelle Fitzgerald is a veteran of the book publishing industry and the Associate Publisher at Trope Publishing Co. A fierce advocate for books, she served as editor on Trope's City Edition title, New York. She currently lives with her family in Wilmette, IL.
Tom Maday is a photographer whose client assignments take him to every corner of the globe. His Tri-X and T-Max film pictures appear in the books Great Chicago Stories and After the Fall: Srebrenica Survivors in St. Louis.