Interwoven throughout the book are selections from Chamlee’s journals—accounts of her experiences and insights while traveling and photographing—adding another dimension to our understanding of this artist and her work. The introductory essay by the award-winning art critic and historian, Estelle Jussim, reveals further insights into the development and creative life of the woman behind these extraordinary photographs.
Every detail in the production of Natural Connections was supervised by the photographer, and held to the exacting standards that are a hallmark of Lodima Press. The 42 reproductions are from Paula Chamlee’s 8×10, 5×7, and 4×5-inch contact prints. This monograph, the first of Chamlee’s, reproduces her contact prints with astounding fidelity to the delicacy and luminosity of the original photographs, and are printed on heavy cover stock by Gardner Lithograph using their proprietary tri-tone process, laser Silver-Lit Tones™, using silver ink as the third color. Natural Connections marks the first use of this technology in the reproduction of photographs. A sturdy French-fold dust jacket protects and complements the elegance of this fine book.
Paula Chamlee returned to college in the 1980s majoring in the visual arts to finish a degree she had begun in the 1960s in the performing arts. She earned a B.F.A. in painting in 1988. During that year, she discovered photography and quickly found direct involvement with the world outside the studio to be irresistible. Since 1988 she has traveled extensively, making photographs both in the United States and abroad. Chamlee has been the recipient of several grants, including a major grant from the Leeway Foundation for “Excellence in Photography.” Her photographs are in numerous collections, both public and private in the United States and abroad. She is collected in nearly forty museums in the United States, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, and Library of Congress. She has taught workshops in photography in the United States, Austria, Germany, Tuscany, England, France, Iceland, and Australia. Her seventh monograph was published in the fall of 2015.
Estelle Jussim (1927–2004) was an award-winning art historian and critic. Her numerous publications include Slave to Beauty, Visual Communication and the Graphic Arts, Landscape as Photograph (with Elizabeth Lindquist-Cock), Stopping Time (with Gus Kayafas), The Eternal Moment, and many contributions to journals and anthologies. A respected and well known lecturer on the history, aesthetics, and social impact of photography, film, and the graphic arts, Dr. Jussim was honored by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Linköping, Sweden, for her work in visual communication.