Kodak Duaflex IV, 21 February 2011


Since I (still) have quite the backlog of photos to sort through, I’m going to post a couple photos at a time; square format shots on 120 yield 12 exposures per roll, so I have a few more from this camera to share. I trust my point is already made regarding the results one can achieve using a simple camera, so from now on, I’ll just be posting the results, and maybe a few comments here and there.

KodakDuaflexIV CHI Acros100 C&B_MichAve01B

KodakDuaflexIV CHI Acros100 PrenticeHosp01B

Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Streeterville Neighborhood
Camera: Kodak Duaflex IV
Lens: Integral Kodak Kodar 72mm f/8
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (120 respooled onto 620)

WRT the upper photo, yes, I know…it’s a Crate & Barrel. Apparently, it was architecturally significant enough to warrant inclusion in the AIA Guide to Chicago – not that I begrudge the building that. It is rather nice, ain’t it? It is also a bit unique on Michigan Avenue, being unabashedly Modernist (and a pretty fine modern example of the International Style at that) in the midst of the various stone and brick buildings that surround it. The surroundings aren’t all that surprising, given that Chicago had a long-standing obsession with masonry construction following the Great Fire of 1871 (not at all surprising, given, well…the Fire). Anyways, the building was completed in 1990, and designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates.

The subject of the lower photo is the Prentice Women’s Hospital and Maternity Center at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital. If you think the curving cast concrete construction looks a little familiar, you may be right…the building was designed by Bertrand Goldberg, and completed in 1975. Goldberg is perhaps most well-known in Chicago for designing Marina City in the 1960s. Apparently, the design was efficient enough that Goldberg utilized it in other hospital commissions (though he had no others in Chicago that I know of). And in case y’all are wondering, yes…the shape of the upper part of the building is a cloverleaf. Just check out Google Earth…it’ll show ya!



One Response to “Kodak Duaflex IV, 21 February 2011”

  1. […] regarding the Prentice Women’s Hospital at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; having recently photographed the building, I was intrigued by the article, particularly the bit about NMH wanting to raze it and […]

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