Columns of Chicago
a photographic survey
By Daniel Mellis
Chicago, Illinois: Daniel Mellis, 2009. Edition of 200.
3.25 x 4"; 14 leaves (unpaginated). Offset printed tritones with letterpress printing on the cover. Spiral bound.
Daniel Mellis: "Columns of Chicago documents an architectural phenomenon in Chicago: the isolated column. The function of the columns ranges from memorial to commemorative to artistic. Narrow pages [six 1 x 4" pages separating the tritones] provide historical information above each of the pictured columns. The cover column was never built; it was Aldolf Loos's entry to the Tribune Tower design competition of 1922.
"Columns was printed in black, gray and brown inks. The brown printing plate was created, not to tone the image as in standard tritone, but to pick out brown and orange elements in the original scene."