City Alphabet (Hardcover)

By Joanne Schwartz, Matt Beam (Photographer)

Groundwood Books, 9780888999283, 60pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2009

List Price: 18.95*
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The urban landscape is alive with words. They appear in every locale, material, and form imaginable. It's this intriguing aspect of the city that Matt Beam has captured in his photographs words spray-painted on walls, etched in concrete, carved into wood, stuck onto glass. He and Joanne Schwartz create a visually arresting alphabet book that documents the random occurrences of language all around us. The result is an edgy catalog of words from "art" to "zoo" that inspires readers to look more closely at their environments. This beautifully designed book is a small treasure for anyone who loves to explore the city in which they live.