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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

    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

    99% sure they are not large format, so this thread should be moved to the Lounge.

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

    Thanks for recommendation by the way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill_1856 View Post
    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?
    The Jack Spencer book "Native Soil" was a big hit a number of years ago. I have it and it can be bought elsewhere. He does beautiful work.

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

    Here is an interview with Jack Spencer

    https://charlierose.com/videos/29979?autoplay=true

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

    Quote Originally Posted by archphotofisher View Post
    Here is an interview with Jack Spencer

    https://charlierose.com/videos/29979?autoplay=true
    Interesting interview. I think he is right. We are so caught up in our everyday lives that we don't see what's right in front of us.

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