Paula Chamlee – High Plains Farm



Paula Chamlee – High Plains Farm


Photographs and Text by Paula Chamlee

Forward by George F. Thompson of The Center for American Places

Regular Hardbound Edition of 2750 Copies
Signed by the Photographer
81 reproductions, 176 pages
9 5/8 ” x 11 1/2 “

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After thirty-three years, Paula Chamlee returned home to photograph and write about the farm where she grew up on the High Plains of the Texas Panhandle, a farm where her parents, then in their late eighties, still farm their 1,100 acres all by themselves. With intensity and insight, she has created a work of extraordinary depth and cultural significance. This emotionally charged and aesthetically powerful document provides an intimate look at her home place and reveals a way of life and value system that are quickly vanishing.

Every detail in the production of this book was supervised by the photographer and produced to the exacting standards that are a hallmark of Lodima Press. The photographs, from 8×10-inch and 5×7-inch contact prints, are reproduced on heavy cover stock by Gardner Lithograph with exceptional fidelity to the tonal delicacy and luminosity of the original prints. A sturdy and elegant French-fold dust jacket protects and complements this fine book.

Chamlee’s writing in the introduction sets her photographs in the context of Texas history and her family heritage. In addition, her extensive “Notes on the Photographs” provides information and insights about the pictures and evokes the flavor of farm life in the twentieth century. In the Foreword, George F. Thompson meditates on the profound place that rural life, especially the family farm, still holds in the nation’s collective imagination and memory. The combination of photographs and writing in High Plains Farm creates a book that will find a place of enduring value and significance not only in Texas art and history, but also in the archives of American art and cultural studies.

From the Foreword by George F. Thompson

The photographs in this remarkable book are full of information about who we are people and who we are a nation. . . . Paula Chamlee’s vision extends far beyond the High Plains life of a small farm in Texas; there is an implied appreciation for the landscapes of rural America and the ideals they represent. . . . She directs her eye, heart, and soul toward her home place, and that love of place shines through with each photograph’s beauty, grace, and composition. . . . She conveys to us through the magic and integrity of photography, that truth can be found in beauty and that beauty and knowledge can be found in common places. . . . With this book Paula Chamlee has given us a great gift that can be shared with future generations.

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 this latter part of her college career, she discovered photography and quickly found direct involvement with the world outside the studio to be irresistible. In the twenty-six years since, she has traveled extensively, making photographs both in the United States and abroad. Chamlee has been the recipient of several grants, including one from the Leeway Foundation for “Excellence in Photography.” Her photographs have been widely exhibited in museums and galleries, most recently at Gallery 291 in San Francisco and at the James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Her photographs are in numerous collections, both public and private in the United States and abroad. She is collected in thirty 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. She has had six monographs of her work published.

Regular Hardbound Edition of 2750 Copies
Published in cooperation with The Center for American Places: 1996
44 reproductions, 112 pages
9 5/8″ x 11 1/2″

ISBN-13: 978-0–9605646–8–3


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