North Central College - Naperville, IL

Updated book gives an expanded view of campus

A new edition of “North Central College: A College in its Community” features additional photographs of campus by renowned photographer Chuck Savage.

The enlarged edition became available for sale during Cornerstone Week May 16-21, which marked North Central’s official kickoff to the celebration of its Sesquicentennial during 2011-2012.

Savage’s book originally was published in 2003 and contained 96 pages of photographs compiled over 12 years. The new edition features the original pages as well as an additional 36 pages of photographs that reflect the many changes to campus since 2003. Some of the new photos were captured during a photo shoot from a chartered helicopter in fall 2010.

“I’ve been in a unique position to witness how the campus has evolved over the past 20 years,” he says. “But even with buildings that have been there, you always see them with a different combination of light, color, shadow and foliage to create something new visually.”

A graduate of Beloit College and now a resident of Richmond, VA, Savage has a special fondness for working with small colleges. “Location photography in a higher-education setting offers an interesting array of challenges,” he says. “Your goal is to make a campus flattering, but realistic, and to make sure your pictures say something about the
culture of the place.”

In an introduction to the new section of photos, Jim Godo ’93, assistant vice president for marketing and communications, shares a 20-year history working with Savage to build a photo library and document a thriving, vibrant campus. “The growth of North Central and its community is dramatic,” he writes. “Yet as Chuck’s extraordinary photographs document so well, the character of the College endures. It is that character which this book celebrates at our Sesquicentennial.”

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