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    The Most Beautiful Photography Book I've Ever Seen

    THIS LAND, An American Portrait, by Jack Spencer.
    After ordering this book months ago, and frankly forgot all about it, suddenly Amazon shipped it, and they even cut the price from $45 down to $23.
    I was not familiar with Jack Spencer, and Googling doesn't bring up any personal information other than he was born in Mississippi in 1951 and practices his craft in Nashville, Tennessee.
    His method of working is certainly not obvious to me -- he could be shooting anything from 35mm to ULF, although there are some hints from images including what appears to be the edges of Polaroid 55. Does anybody out there in LF land have any more information?
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    Re: The Most Beautiful Photography Book I've Ever Seen

    Just looking at a few of the images, they look like some stuff I have done in Photoshop - like the Polaroid 55 border and other textured borders to make it look almost like a print from an old glass plate negative - I have done that in PS, but don't know if that is what he has employed, but from what I have seen I would guess heavily manipulated digital images...just a guess.
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/52893762/bigger4b.jpg

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    Re: The Most Beautiful Photography Book I've Ever Seen

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
    Just looking at a few of the images, they look like some stuff I have done in Photoshop - like the Polaroid 55 border and other textured borders to make it look almost like a print from an old glass plate negative - I have done that in PS, but don't know if that is what he has employed, but from what I have seen I would guess heavily manipulated digital images...just a guess.
    See my previous post on this thread.
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    Re: The Most Beautiful Photography Book I've Ever Seen

    He's been featured twice on Lenscratch. As to whether he shoots film or digital, I think this quote should answer that question:

    His precisely crafted prints are the result of an exceptional vision, original darkroom technique and an extraordinary sense of story.
    "Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig."

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    Re: The Most Beautiful Photography Book I've Ever Seen

    Quote Originally Posted by seezee View Post
    As to whether he shoots film or digital, I think this quote should answer that question:
    haha!

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    Re: The Most Beautiful Photography Book I've Ever Seen

    Art: If you like it, you like it.
    Last edited by Ken Lee; 13-Apr-2017 at 16:17.

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    Re: The Most Beautiful Photography Book I've Ever Seen

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Lee View Post
    Art: If you like it, you like it.
    Awww, Ken. You are just trying to justify your dogs playing poker painting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    Awww, Ken. You are just trying to justify your dogs playing poker painting.
    Excellent !

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    Re: The Most Beautiful Photography Book I've Ever Seen

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Lee View Post
    Excellent !
    Ken, I have to admit that when I was a kid I did have a Tiger in the jungle velvet black light poster hanging on my bedroom door. Awww, but those were the 70's!

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