[PL-Directors] Complimentary Copies of Wild Beauty

Jim Scheppke jim.b.scheppke at state.or.us
Tue Jul 14 13:35:22 PDT 2009

Dear Directors: Here is an announcement from John Laursen of the Northwest
Photography Archive about a free copy of his recent book Wild Beauty coming
your way, as well as an opportunity to have John present a program on the
book at your library. The State Library is assisting with the distribution.
Most of you that use the Orbis Cascade courier will be receiving your copy
on the courier. I hope you will be watching for it.  Here is John¹s message
.... --> Jim

Dear Oregon Public Library Directors:

Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867­1957 was
published last fall by the Northwest Photography Archive and Oregon State
University Press. Co-authored by John Laursen and the late Terry
Toedtemeier, longtime curator of photography at the Portland Art Museum, the
book presents 134 beautifully reproduced photographs of the Gorge
accompanied by a lively and insightful text that places the pictures in
their cultural and historical context. Designed, printed, and bound in
Oregon (rather than being produced in Asia, as most large-format photography
books are), Wild Beauty led to a hugely successful exhibition at the
Portland Art Museum and an hour-long Oregon Experience documentary on Oregon
Public Broadcasting, The River They Saw. The book has been widely acclaimed,
including winning a Pacific Northwest Book Award from the Pacific Northwest
Booksellers Association. Jeff Baker, book critic at the Oregonian, named it
the best Northwest book of 2008.
The publishers, with a generous grant from the Collins Foundation and with
the assistance of the State Library, are donating a copy of this clothbound
book (retail $75.00) free of charge to every public library and branch in
Oregon. Your library should be receiving its complimentary copy(ies) in the
next couple of months.
In conjunction with this effort and again with financial help from the
Collins Foundation, the Northwest Photography Archive and Wild Beauty
co-author John Laursen are offering to give a slide presentation on the book
and the photographs at half a dozen or so libraries in communities large and
small around the state. These presentations, lasting around an hour and with
ample time for audience questions, have been well received at venues
including Powell¹s Books, the Pendleton Center for the Arts, and Columbia
Center for the Arts in Hood River.
There is no charge to participating libraries for this opportunity, although
the Archive would welcome contributions toward travel expenses. Host
libraries will be expected to publicize the presentations in their
communities well in advance. A poster in PDF format will be made available,
which can be printed, emailed, and/or posted on the web. If you are
interested in hosting a presentation, please email
info at northwestphotography.org <mailto:john at northwestphotography.org>  or
call 503-231-6360.

Best regards,

John Laursen
Northwest Photography Archive

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