California: Portrait of a State

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It's all here: the fruitful cornucopia of the Central Valley and the solitary ancient pillars of redwood old-growth forests; the soaring granite cliffs of Yosemite Valley and Death Valley's heat-blasted wastes; the sun-drenched, flowering meadows of the High Sierra and breathtaking sunset sky canopies reflecting off coastal mists. The Muenches apply their decades of on-location photographic skills to the making of interpretive views embracing all aspects of California's primal myths and realities. Among the one ...

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Overview

It's all here: the fruitful cornucopia of the Central Valley and the solitary ancient pillars of redwood old-growth forests; the soaring granite cliffs of Yosemite Valley and Death Valley's heat-blasted wastes; the sun-drenched, flowering meadows of the High Sierra and breathtaking sunset sky canopies reflecting off coastal mists. The Muenches apply their decades of on-location photographic skills to the making of interpretive views embracing all aspects of California's primal myths and realities. Among the one hundred powerful, evocative color plates within these pages, you will find a California that sings of the breadth and depth and soaring heights of the American spirit.

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Everyone's home state is the most beautiful in the country. Yet, for some inexplicable reason, Santa Barbara native David Muench and his son Marc lavished their photographic skills on other states for decades. But finally, as sure as a fine San Francisco sunset, they've come to their chauvinistic senses and produced a celebration of the Golden State, from the parched Mojave Desert to the raucous blooms of Central Valley. One hundred full-color photographs can rectify a lot.
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Father and son photographers highlight California's national parks and monuments<-->alternating between brochure-like images of well-known sites (e.g., the Golden Gate Bridge) and beautiful landscapes showing more remote parts of the state. The photos are accompanied by rather florid essays by freelance writer James Lawrence. Oversize: 10x13.5<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558688483
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Portrait of a Place Series
  • Edition description: Photographic, with dust jacket
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 426,858
  • Product dimensions: 9.78 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Muench is a master professional photographer with more than 50 books, countless exhibits, magazine articles, and countless images that merely point to his life work in large-format photography which has become a benchmark in American landscape photography. California is where David grew up and lived for many years. David presently lives near Albuquerque, NM.

Marc Muench, David’s son, has established his own right in the field of landscape photography. He has a number of book titles to his credit, and shares credits with his father in this Portrait series book. Marc lives near Santa Barbara, CA with his wife, Stephanie.

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