Chicagoist Presents: From the Vault of Art Shay

By Staff in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 29, 2010 5:00PM

(Ed. Note: If you can't wait until this time every Wednesday to get your Art Shay fix, please check out the photographer's blog, which is updated regularly. Art Shay's book, Nelson Algren's Chicago, is also available at Amazon. — CS)

It was my week for old pictures. The first night last week that a few of my personal "vault" pictures came to life on Chicagoist's "pages," a few of my astounded friends, relatives and collectors of my pictures, especially those with a flair for math and statistics, phoned or e- mailed me in amazement to report I had about 3000 "hits" in the first few hours. This made me astounded at the power of the net and of Chicagoist to thrust my pictures on invisible gallery walls, as it were, all over the Chicago area.

As I write (a day after my Chicagolist "opening") my number of visitors is pushing 4000, and my wonderful archivist Erica DeGlopper is screening up the seven candidates for this week's "show" from my vault. Erica says she borrowed the name "Vault" from Sports Illustrated, which has also been running some of my 8oo or so pictures, including 10 covers, they've discovered in their "vault." Like a few weeks ago they re-ran my 1970 cover of Archie Manning, the Tennessee quarterback with a plethora of quarterback DNA loaded with NFL touchdown genes.

— Art Shay