Paula Chamlee – Natural Connections
Essay by Estelle Jussim
Published by Lodima Press, 1996
Few women have attempted to photograph the American landscape in the classic, large-format tradition pioneered by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, and none so successfully as Paula Chamlee. She extends that tradition in photographs that are both sensuous and lyrical, yet subtle and complex. Chamlee’s beautiful and arresting prints transcend their recognizable subject matter while remaining deeply rooted in her profound connection to the natural world.
Natural Connections: Photographs by Paula Chamlee is the artists first book. The 42 reproductions are from 8×10, 5×7, and 4×5 inch contact prints, and are presented one-to-a-page with blank facing pages, encouraging contemplative and prolonged looking. Chamlee’s journal entries – accounts of her experiences and insights while traveling and photographing – are carefully interwoven throughout the book, adding another dimension to our understanding of the artist and her work. The introductory essay by art historian and critic, Estelle Jussim, reveals further insights and explores the development and creative life of the woman behind these extraordinary photographs.