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    essay on Thomas Joshua Cooper


    Came across this pdf written by Gerry Badger on Thomas Joshua Cooper, a black-and-white landscape photographer who teaches (or used to anyway) in Glasgow.

    I think he's having an upcoming show at LA County Museum. Posting the essay almost more because I think it's a really well written account of landscape photography's recent history in the art world. Whether you like Cooper's pictures or not, seems interesting to understand how and why he is positioned as an 'important' artist, when what he does seems so similar to what many members on here do.

    not great quality reproductions - but I thought a good read.

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    Vaughn's Avatar
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    Humboldt County, CA

    Re: essay on Thomas Joshua Cooper

    Thanks -- a difficult read on-line, but worth it.

    Thomas was one of my teachers/mentors back in the beginning of the 80s.

    If you are interested in hearing Thomas discuss one of his shows:
    "Landscapes exist in the material world yet soar in the realms of the spirit..." Tsung Ping, 5th Century China

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    David Schaller
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    Williamstown, MA

    Re: essay on Thomas Joshua Cooper

    Thank you very much for posting that article. It led me into a deep Internet dive into Cooper's work, and to a determination to track down actual prints to view in person.

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    Oxfordshire UK

    Re: essay on Thomas Joshua Cooper

    yes, very impressive stuff

    TJC continues to use a late 19thc 5 x 7 Agfa


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    The Highlands of Scotland

    Re: essay on Thomas Joshua Cooper

    I have several of his books and the images are exquisite.

    Not yet had the chance to see them in real life, but live in hope!


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    Re: essay on Thomas Joshua Cooper

    Thank you, I think this article should be read by all photographers. I really like old black and white photos that preserve history. It's amazing how much just one photo can sometimes say. A photograph is like a painting, you can stand in front of it (at an exhibition) and look at it for hours, thinking about it. As for the essay, I like how easy it is to read. Unfortunately, I don't have such writing skills, so I have to order blog content writing services to fill my photoblog with interesting material. And I hope that one day I will be able to share my blog with you.
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