The Loop

Release Date: June 2021
178 pages
Available on: Amazon

In his 24th book, author, artist and photographer Daniel Thomas MacInnes documents the streets, buildings and people who populate Chicago’s famous downtown neighborhood, named for the elevated train bridges that circle around several city blocks and serve as a central hub for all the main lines. The images of the trains and tracks from street level are iconic and instantly recognizable to anyone around the world. It is among Chicago’s most beloved and celebrated landmarks.

Sights to discover in this book include Chicago’s financial district, the Civic Opera House, Marina City, The House of Blues, the Kobra’s Muddy Waters mural, Calder’s Flamingo, The Picasso at Daley Plaza, Marc Chagall’s Four Seasons, the Harold Washington Library, The Nederlander, Goodman and Chicago Theaters, Union Station Power House, The Magnificent Mile, glimpses of Millennium and Grant Parks and even the McDonald’s Flagship on River North.

In addition to the buildings and landmarks, we see many photos of the people who populate the city, office workers bustling to their next destination, construction workers busily repairing streets or building new skyscrapers, tourists who want to discover the city’s many secrets and residents bustling making their way back home.

The Loop’s visual designs feature heavy exposure, shadows and contrast, creating a dreamlike image directly inspired by the works of Japanese animation film director (and Studio Ghibli co-founder) Isao Takahata. Images in the background fade into negative space that surrounds each frame, akin to sketchbook illustrations and vintage monochrome photography from a century ago.

As a whole, this book stands as MacInnes’ most mature and accomplished street photography album to date, showcasing a lean, focused design with strong compositions and countless details, bringing readers on a unique, dreamlike journey through the historic streets of Chicago.

The ebook edition of The Loop has been carefully designed for viewing on all digital devices including smartphones and tablets. Text is easily readable and images are of the highest quality. Careful attention has been given to delivering the smallest possible file size, resulting in a low price that anyone can afford.

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