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Published on the occasion of Plowden's (Bridges: The Spans of North America) 75th birthday, this epic, large-format book chronicles the American photographer's finest work over a 50-year career that has included some 20 books and numerous exhibits. Richard Snow, author and former editor of American Heritagemagazine, contributes a brief yet insightful foreword, while award-winning journalist Steve Edwards pens a fascinating biographical introduction. Along with a chronology of his life, Plowden has also included "Photographer's Notes" that recount key personal experiences. The book's greatest strength are the sumptuously reproduced plates of Plowden's detailed, carefully composed black-and-white photographs. The images are technically exquisite, yet they also blend documentary elements with sensitive, almost poetic touches that elevate them into works of art. The breadth, depth, and sheer abundance of Plowden's work over the years are just amazing. Destined to be a classic, this is one of the finest photography books to come along in quite a while. Highly recommended for all libraries, especially photography and fine art collections.