Scott Fortino

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Institutional: Photographs of Jails, Schools, and other Chicago Buildings (Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places)
by Judith Russi Kirshner
Publisher's Description
They are places we fear to tread, monuments to the principles of our forebears, awe-inspiring towers of achievement: our lives are surrounded by public institutions that sustain and support our society. Scott Fortino investigates here these enduring pillars of public life in Institutional, a striking visual essay that documents the diverse architectural structures that house the foundations of civic life in the city of Chicago.

From schools to churches to prisons, Fortino transforms these worn, familiar edifices into compelling symbols of long-lost ideals and communitarian spirit. Fortino coaxes out the subtle warmth and depths of these often overwhelming and pitiless public spaces in his photographs, as his camera unearths the hidden characters of both high-profile works by renowned designers such as Rem Koolhaas, Helmut Jahn, and Mies van der Rohe as well as the stolid structures designed by long-forgotten architects. Light, color, and composition work together in Fortino's images to produce provocative new perspectives on the interiors of public buildings, revealing how their cultural and social roles as places of worship, education, punishment, or entertainment cast long and complex shadows over our lives among them.

Fortino challenges us in Institutional to rethink our view of the public spaces we pass through every day by offering an original and fascinating photographic study of the settings in which the important events of human life unfold.
ISBN: 1930066392
Publisher: Center for American Places
Hardcover : 88 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 0 x 0 x 0 inches
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