Glamour appears in enormous photos on the southern and western, exterior walls of Chicago’s Hilton Hotel, which is at 8th Street between Michigan Avenue and Wabash Avenue. These enormous photos are the works of Columbia College students, whom you can assume are now Columbia College alumni. (Columbia College is at 600 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Ill.)
On each of this hotel’s wall are four photos. The photos are 15-20 feet wide and 20-25 feet high. The subject are all women wearing glamorous clothing. Of the eight photos, the photographers/students took seven indoors. As for the remaining, eighth photo, viewing Chicagoans may recognize the Grant Park background.
Brad McCree’s photo is the first photo on the left on Wabash Avenue. The model has her legs crossed, and is wearing a black dress. This composition shows her staring at herself in the mirror. The location is likely the room of an upscale, Chicago hotel, perhaps the Embassy Suites Hotel.
Second from left is Arlelle Thomas’ photo. The model is standing in a white, flowing gown. The location appears to be a hotel’s lobby. (It is certainly not Motel 6.)
Third from the left is Diana Kim’s photo. The model is standing, wearing a red, pleated dress. Intricate, metallic artwork is in the left foreground. Specular highlights appear on a mirror in the left background.
The last photo on Wabash Avenue is Liz Schelner’s photo. The model is standing, wearing a black, three-piece set consisting of a top, shorts and a sheer, floor-length skirt. The location could be the room of a downtown, Chicago hotel.
Beginning at the westernmost point of Hilton’s 8th Street wall is Rene Naltsas’ photo. The model is wearing a swirling, white dress. (You may have seen some Hollywood actresses, musical divas or theater prima donnas wearing similar dresses.) Certainly outdoors, the location may be some building’s balcony instead of the stone sculptures in Grant Park.
Going east, the next photo is from Jordana Abisdris. The model is wearing a thigh-length, yellow dress while seated on a piano bench. (Is that a baby grand?)
Next in line is Katie Wlodek’s photo. The model is wearing a black blouse and knee-length, white skirt. She is standing on the bottom step of a Chicago building. The dim lighting infers that these steps are inside.
The final photo is Corey Waydron’s photo. The model is wearing a blue dress. Geometric shapes appear in the foreground and background.
You will certainly see billboards larger than these photos. However, these photos are artistic and realistic instead of crass and commercialist that many billboards are. Here you can see photos that slightly resemble paintings, and are not in museums.