Lee Bey, writer, photographer and SAIC faculty member was featured in the Chicago Reader about his new book Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago's South Side, which showcases architectural masterworks from Chicago’s South and West Sides. After exhibiting his photographs of Chicago architecture from the South Side in 2017's Chicago Architecture Biennial, Bey was inspired to publish this book to further showcase these often unseen works.
"The book's focus on structures existing in neighborhoods many view as abandoned, blighted, and violent is an important step toward expanding the canon and encouraging Chicagoans to explore the city's rich architectural history farther afield than the Loop", the article states. Bey hopes to "honor and lift up this town's great architecture, we include the buildings in my book and the ones like them all around the south and west sides. I want these places—and the people who live in and around them—preserved and respected." Bey's book was also featured in Block Club Chicago.