Gangsters & Grifters: Images from the Archives of the Chicago Tribune features a selection of reprinted photographs from the recent publication of the same name.
These images document the crime scene in the city of Chicago during the 1920s and 1930s, as seen through the eyes of the Tribune photographers. Their photographic storytelling captures ordinary people, notorious criminals, new technologies, and a spectrum of moments that define the roles cameras and photo journalists played in documenting the history of a city.
“The images featured are printed from photographs all more than 50 years old,” says exhibit organizer Kathleen Lonbom, fine arts librarian. “The scenarios are captivating, so much so that you can imagine touching the fabric of the wool suits, walking into the courtroom to stand beside Clarence Darrow or running your fingers through the dust on John Dillinger’s car.”
Lonbom added that there are many opportunities for students and faculty to engage with these interdisciplinary sources.
One of those chances is Tuesday, October 13. Chicago Tribune photo editors Marianne Mather and Robin Daughtridge will discuss their work compiling photographs for the Gangsters & Grifters publication from the archives of the Chicago Tribune. They will discuss their research and discoveries in the monumental collection of 4×5 glass plate and acetate negatives that are housed five stories below the Tribune Tower, many unpublished and unseen for decades. Join us that day in the Circus Room of the Bone Student Center at 4 p.m. for this exciting event.
Viewers are invited to discover and explore the rich history and stories told through these images as captured through the lens of photojournalists of the 1920s and 1930s in this exhibit. Find them on the southwest wall of Floor 2 of Milner Library now through November 1, 2015.