On Firm Ground

On Firm Ground

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To open On Firm Ground is to enter a deeply loved and meticulously observed country, a land generous with its gifts and unforgiving in its climate, a land that yields its beauty only to the patient observer. In the deep grain of plowed fields, the hypnotic grace of tall grasses, the texture of weathered barn wood, Larry Kanfer harvests all the subtlety of color and season and amplifies the quiet elegance of the region. In this exhilarating celebration of the prairie, Kanfer brings the understated and unexpected beauty of the Midwest to the fore. In the clean lines of field and horizon, in the vast expanse of a threatening or brilliantly clear sky, in the pinpoint of light from a farmhouse window that fends off the darkness pressing in on all sides, Kanfer's images capture the living, breathing exchange of human and natural energies that animates the heartland.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 244 x 280 x 12mm | 780.17g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 114 color photographs
  • 0252075870
  • 9780252075872

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"The photographic artistry that is the hallmark of Larry Kanfer translates into images that are sometimes moody or fragile, other times stark or awash with color... His eye for the beauty of the Illinois prairie [has] captured the imagination of thousands." Illinois Quarterly "Preserves the fundamental beauty of the heartland... This book should make transplanted Midwesterners ache with homesickness. Meanwhile, those of us who are still here can credit ourselves with the good sense to live in a region filled with such understated beauty." Midwest Living "Deeply and lusciously beautiful... The colors are so rich, the compositions so striking, the effect so lovely... Reproduced with startling quality and depth of color." Virginia Quarterly Review "The images were photographed for their beauty: the patterns formed by nature or by row crop plantings, the way early morning light or twilight glow plays off trees, buildings, or landforms... A joy to contemplate." The Annals of Iowa
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About Larry Kanfer

Larry Kanfer is an award-winning photographic artist who operates galleries in Champaign, Illinois, and online at www.kanfer.com. His previous books include Prairiescapes, On Second Glance: Midwest Photographs, On This Island: Photographs of Long Island, and Postcards from the Prairie: Photographic Memories from the University of Illinois.
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