Nelson Algren looked behind the billboards boasting of the American consumer ambition to find the disposesed and disconnected citizens with their own dreams, sleeping in the shadows.
Art Shay's photos of Algren make up a large part of this trailer for Michael Caplan's film "Algren," due from Montrose Pictures in 2010. Here's a link to the trailer for "Algren." There is Algren and Marcel Marceau, Algren and Eleanor Roosevelt, Algren and the streets of Chicago.
You can also see Art Shay, in an interview, remembering their time together and some of the street characters they met and captured in prose and photos.
There is also the voice of Studs Terkel on Algren the outsider and appreciative quotes from Carl Sandburg, Alex Kotlowitz and Ernest Hemingway, and of course, from Algren's lover, Simone de Beauvoir.