Allentown is a dream location for photographers. Over the years, it has been a favorite spot for people looking to capture the heart and the soul of one of the city’s most fascinating neighborhoods. From the colorful people to the colorful businesses, Allentown has always been a place of wonder and mystery, filled with artists and musicians, with historic homes on tree-lined streets.
A beautiful new Buffalo book, will release with fanfare during the Allentown First Friday Gallery Walk on November 4.
Now, a photographer by the name of William Faught has collected his best Allentown images and is releasing a photographic journey of his works in the form of a book titled Allentown: A Photographic Journey in the Heart of Buffalo, NY.
The book has been published by Buffalo Heritage Press. It features over 150 images of Allentown – Faught’s adopted home. The images featured are both in color and in black and white.
A map of Allentown by Mickey Harmon is followed by an Index which describes the location of each photograph in the 126-page book.
The book’s introduction is two-fold, with a “Yesterday” account by historian Christopher Brown, and a “Today” account by Jonathan White. The book also contains lyrical text by a few of Allentown’s residents and experts who have contributed their own accounts and recollections to the various chapters.
- Mark Goldman writes about Allentown Streetscapes
- Elizabeth Licata waxes poetic over its Parks and Gardens
- Richard Haynes describes the iconic Nightlife
- Gretchan Grobe reflects on the role that Art has played
- John Carocci extols its diversity
The book is scheduled to be released at 164 Allen Street on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 6pm. There will be a Book Release discount, and all of the contributors will be on hand at the free reception. Get your book signed at the Allentown First Friday Gallery Walk, and meet William Faught who lives in Allentown with his wife Michele. See Facebook event.
Faught is a retired architect/urban planner who “worked for the Navy, defeated Communism, saved the world, and then moved to Allentown for a better, art-infused life.”
Allentown: A Photographic Journey in the Heart of Buffalo, NY by William Faught
Buffalo Heritage Press, 2016
Softcover $29.95 l ISBN: 978-1-942483-28-1 l Hardcover $49.95 l ISBN: 978-1-942483-29-8
Lead image/Book Cover – According to Buffalover Marti Gorman, the backstory on the cover art by John Shepherd from back when his store was called Loaves & Fishes – now the Antique Man – and its current location: 164 Allen was one of the original galleries. Brad Wales says he and photographer/gallerist Michael Mulley tried to start a Gallery Walk back in the day, but with just two galleries, it was a bit premature. Now Brad is hosting this Release Party under the mantle of John’s artistic metaphor for making a great deal out of very little, which he also considers a metaphor for Allentown and even for Buffalo itself, in the old Gallery 164.