Views from Brushwood Farm
Photography by Edward L. Ryerson and Edward Ranney
This exhibition combines photographs made by
Edward L. Ryerson of Brushwood Farm (now Ryerson Woods) with pictures
of the house and woods made by his grandson, professional photographer
Edward Ryerson Ranney. Mr. Ryerson's pictures are
reprinted from the extensive photographic archive he compiled between
1937-1971. Pictures of the house as it was
furnished by the Ryersons are from the collection made by Edward
Ranney to record how the house and property looked before it was
transferred to the Lake County Forest Preserve District.
The majority of photographs presented are black and white,
augmented by color pictures made by Mr. Ryerson after the late 1950s.
Edward Ryerson was Chairman of the Inland Steel
Company and an accomplished amateur photographer.
His photos show how his family and friends used and enjoyed Brushwood.
Edward Ranney is a nationally known photographer whose work has
been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern
Art in New York, and other museums. Books of his
photographs include Monuments of the Incas, Prairie Passage (about the
Illinois and Michigan Canal), and The Lines (about the Nazca Lines in
South America), just published by the Yale University Press.