Missouri Landscapes: Designs from Nature

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In this magnificent book, Oliver Schuchard provides more than sixty-five exquisite black-and-white photographs spanning his thirty-eight years of photography. In addition, he explains the aesthetic rationale and techniques he used in order to produce these photographs, emphasizing the profound differences between, yet necessary interdependence of, craft and content. Although Schuchard believes that craft is important, he maintains that the idea behind the photograph and the emotional content of the image are ...

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Overview

In this magnificent book, Oliver Schuchard provides more than sixty-five exquisite black-and-white photographs spanning his thirty-eight years of photography. In addition, he explains the aesthetic rationale and techniques he used in order to produce these photographs, emphasizing the profound differences between, yet necessary interdependence of, craft and content. Although Schuchard believes that craft is important, he maintains that the idea behind the photograph and the emotional content of the image are equally vital and are, in fact, functions of one another.

The author also shares components of his life experience that he believes helped shape his development as an artist and a teacher. He chose the splendid photographs included in this book from among nearly 5,000 negatives that had been exposed all over the world, from Missouri to Maine, California, Alaska, Colorado, France, Newfoundland, and Hawaii, among many other locations. Approximately 250 negatives survived the initial review, and each of those was printed before a final decision was made on which photographs were to be featured in the book. The final choices are representative of Schuchard’s work and serve to substantiate his belief that craft, concept, and self must be fully understood and carefully melded for a good photograph to occur. This amazing work by award-winning photographer Oliver Schuchard will be treasured by professional and amateur photographers alike, as well as by anyone who simply enjoys superb photography.

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This is an opportunity to look at, to really see, what an accomplished photographer is saying with his photographs. . . . Ride along with Oliver as he travels seventy miles up a tedious road hoping to photograph Denali, Alaska’s highest mountain—in fact the highest mountain in North America. Sense the earthen characteristics of Missouri’s landscape, with its ancient streambeds, mountain ridges, second-growth forests, and early morning ground fog. Listen as he tells you why he chose the approach he used for each photograph, rendering the subject sharply, clearly, and usually in black and white.From the Foreword by Al Weber

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966496406
  • Publisher: Designs from Nature Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 9.08 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author and Photographer

Oliver Schuchard is Professor Emeritus of Photography at the University of Missouri–Columbia. He was a member of the Art faculty for thirty years and was chairperson of the Art Department for seven years. In 1992, he was the recipient of a Kemper Award for teaching excellence. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including Two Ozark Rivers: The Current and the Jacks Fork and Exploring Missouri’s Legacy: State Parks and Historic Sites, both available from the University of Missouri Press. Schuchard resides on his farm, Schauinsland, in Holts Summit, Missouri.

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Table of Contents

Flora 8
Woodland 22
Pattern 38
Water 54
Light 76
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