City dreams

July 17, 2014

Photo by Marie Laigneau

Photo by Marie Laigneau

Some cities (Paris, Vienna) are naturally beautiful and seem to photograph well from just about every angle. It takes a perceptive, creative, and imaginative eye to locate the particular appeal of cities whose beauty is less ubiquitous or obvious, however, especially American urban centers, which most often were built with function rather than form in mind. Her gaze trained on Chicago, French-born photographer Marie Laigneau captures quiet moments and soft details amidst a landscape of hard angles and intimidating, angular skyscrapers. Her exhibit, Fragments of dreams, runs through July 18 at the Harold Washington Library (400 S. State Street).


Love among the ruins

February 11, 2013

Stealing a kiss at the Basilica of Constantine and Maxentius (Rome).