Frank Lloyd Wright- The Oak Park Years. Photographs by James Caulfield.
James Caulfield, a professional photographer in Chicago for 30 years as well as an avid volunteer for the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, will have an exhibit of his work in the Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery from Feb. 2 -27. The exhibit is titled Frank Lloyd Wright -- The Oak Park Years. Photographs by James Caulfield. A reception for Caulfield will be held on Tuesday, February 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.
In the past several years, photographer James Caulfield, in collaboration with architectural writer Patrick F. Cannon, has produced books with contemporary images of the exteriors and interiors of the buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright and other Chicago-area architects. Two of the books, Hometown Architect: The Complete Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, focus on Wright’s work during his years of living and working in Oak Park. A third, Prairie Metropolis: Chicago and the Birth of a New American Home, broadened the scope to feature work by Wright and the Prairie School architects he mentored and influenced. Caulfield and Cannon’s most recent book, published in 2011, was Louis Sullivan: Creating a New American Architecture. Sullivan was Wright’s employer and mentor from early in 1888 until 1893.
Caulfield has selected some of his favorite images for the Oak Park Public Library exhibit. The earliest building featured is the 1892 Charnley-Persky House in Chicago, which Wright claimed to have designed while with Adler & Sullivan, and the latest, the Harry Adams house of 1913 in Oak Park. Between them, the exhibit features such landmarks as the William Winslow, Ward Willits, Arthur Heurtley, and Frederick Robie houses, and Wright’s great masterpiece, Unity Temple.
James Caulfield has been a professional photographer for more than 30 years, creating compelling images of people, products and buildings. His clients have included brands such as McDonalds, S.C. Johnson, Perry Ellis, Kimberly Clark, Helene Curtis, Hart Schaffner & Marx, CBS, Land’s End, Levi Corporation, Jockey International and Alberto Culver, among many others.
In recent years, James has concentrated on food, product and architectural photography. His interest in architectural subjects grew out of his own work restoring a Frommann & Jebsen-designed bank in Chicago, and his former home in Glencoe, Illinois, designed by the noted mid-century modern architects, Keck & Keck. He has also helped to repurpose older industrial buildings in Chicago by creating new studios in two of them. This passion for preservation led him to volunteer his services to the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in Oak Park, Illinois. Caulfield has documented the buildings on the Trust’s annual internationally-attended house walk, Wright Plus. There, he met architectural writer and Oak Park resident, Patrick F. Cannon, in 2004.
In addition to his donations to the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, Caulfield has provided images to the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, the Society of Architectural Historians, the Richard Nickel Committee and the Glessner House Museum.
At present, Caulfield and Cannon are working on a project to showcase notable interior architecture in Chicago area buildings as diverse as the Chicago Cultural Center, The Elks Memorial and the St. Procopius Abbey Church. For more information, see www.caulfieldphoto.com.