Chicago’s rich history comes alive through Larry Broutman’s stirring photographs of grave markers, headstones, monuments, tombs, chapels, mausoleums, and war memorials in his latest book “Chicago Eternal.” This giant, hardcover full-color coffee table book explores over thirty Cook County cemeteries, featuring striking images of the final resting places of the Windy City’s most illustrious leaders, entrepreneurs, entertainers, artists, and athletes, as well as notorious gangsters. Each image is accompanied by text that provides fascinating insight into the deceased’s life and historical and cultural contributions. Also included are tributes to the lesser known. These photographs and their corresponding descriptions tell deeply touching tales of children or entire families taken before their time by diseases or fire and of soldiers who identities may be unknown but whose bravery and ultimate sacrifice have not been forgotten. Through “Chicago Eternal,” the departed still have a voice.
“Chicago Eternal” is a must have for professional and hobby genealogists, tombstone tourists, history buffs, and photography lovers. All author proceeds are donated to the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Disabled and Access Living, making this truly a Chicago book that gives back to Chicago.
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For the last five years, award-winning photographer and historian Larry Broutman has been researching Cook County’s cemeteries and using his camera and his skilled eye to preserve and celebrate Chicago’s storied past.
Since the 1990s, Broutman has traveled the world over to capture the perfect photograph and has found his hometown of Chicago to have a plethora of visual inspiration, leading to the publication of “Chicago Eternal”, “Chicago Monumental,” and “Chicago Unleashed.” Broutman has been interviewed by high-profile television programs, radio shows, newspapers, and national art magazines to discuss his photography books. “Chicago Monumental” has won a Midwest Book Award for best interior design, an IPPY (Independent Publisher) Award in the Great Lakes Nonfiction category, and the gold medal in AuthorsDB’s Book Cover Contest.
His photography projects include work with Lincoln Park Zoo, Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Children’s Memorial Hospital Clinic, and The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Broutman is a finalist in Africa Geographic Magazine’s 2017 Photographer of the Year contest.
Broutman attended MIT, where he received his S.B., S.M., and doctorate degree in the field of Materials Engineering and Science in 1963. During his career in Polymer Engineering and Science, he was an active researcher, professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and author of over 150 articles for textbooks and reference books. Broutman was recently elected to the Plastics Hall of Fame.