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 “Ken Derry has a view of Chicago that is unparalleled.  From his perch atop Chicago’s highest structures he has captured images  of the city that transcend ordinary photography. His pictures are  dazzling, brawny and breathtaking. Derry captures the range of the  city’s character: from hard-working and down-to-earth to reaching for  that which is beyond our grasp. In this book Derry invites you to sit  next him, high above the rest of us and seemingly, just a few feet below  the Creator.”
Phil Ponce, Host
Chicago Tonight 

“As you study these captivating bird’s eye views of  Chicago’s North Loop, one fact makes the images even more extraordinary:  These photos were not taken from a helicopter by a professional  photographer. Derry illustrates the argument that a camera is just a  tool. It’s the photographer who creates the image. With a modest camera,  Derry mixes composition and height to capture intriguing images that  compel the viewer to linger, taking in every detail.”
Steven Dahlman, Editor


“The view from a tower  crane is one of astounding depth, and within these pages, Ken Derry  shares with the world his truly unique perspective from high atop  Chicago. Derry skillfully grasps the aura of the city from the daily  bustle in the business district to the serenity of the sun rising over  Lake Michigan. The images of construction workers shaping the skyline  are a tribute to the men and women who build Chicago every day and  night.”

James M. Sweeney,
President-Business Manager
International Union of Operating Engineers,
Local 150, AFL-CIO 

“Even in the crane industry, few people get a  chance to see a growing city from a tower crane operator’s perspective.  Ken Derry has been working with giant cranes for thirty years, and  taking photos from his cab throughout his career. They give a unique  insight into a life worked above the clouds.
    Derry’s photos give a new appreciation of the work that goes into  building the modern city: days that start as the sun rises and ends as  its sets, ironworkers who spend their lives among the lattice work of  cranes hundreds of feet above the ground, and crane operators who view  it all from their swaying perches.
    From this height, the city is seen with new eyes. Instead of the  canyons that soar above us as we walk along Michigan Avenue, Derry sees  the city’s skyscrapers as glass and steel islands in an ocean of cloud;  where the city might feel cramped and enclosing on the ground, from the  sky Derry sees an open prairie of twinkling lights.”
Will North, Deputy Editor
Cranes Today