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

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    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!
    That's how one learns to appreciate fine art.
    Wilhelm (Sarasota)

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

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

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...y-Jack-Spenser

    Bill,

    Did not see your post before I did mine. If I had I would have chimed in here. The book is excellent. I have had three Public Libraries in nearby towns order and get it - along with Q.T. Luong's TREASURED LANDS. Hoping if I help getting excellent work in them a few more folks will be able to see it.
    I tend to procrastinate on stuff. One of these days I'll do something about it.

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

    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?
    I have not heard about him before but your descriptions is sounding interesting to me. I will try to find out more about him!

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

    I gave up trying to figure out who used what camera or whether it was film or digital a long time ago. If the imagery appeals to me then I am interested. If the artist has a style that I like I tend to buy his/her books or photographs. If Photoshop was part of it then so be it.

    I like what little I have seen of Jack Spencer's work so far. Thanks for the heads up.

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

    We have an editioned print of Spencer's "Cooter in the corn with his horn" hanging in the studio. Everyone who sees it loves it.
    r.j. phil
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    Re: The Most Beautiful Photography Book I've Ever Seen

    A friend put me onto Spencer's work a few years ago. He's been around for a while, and his early work was pre-digital. He's not a real dynamic speaker, but for some insight into his philosophy and methods, this video is helpful:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmzD-CoxEkg

    FWIW, I find his lack of discussion of technical issues refreshing.

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

    I think it's a wonderful book also, I highly recommend it. He does a nice job of showing things with a fresh set of eyes and techniques.

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