Jack Parsons, Frederick Turner

How does a photographer learn to see? How does he create his own visual language—as unique as a fingerprint and as inimitable as the voice of a great writer?
Date Published :
November 2014
Publisher :
George F Thompson Publishing
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781938086274

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How does a photographer learn to see? How does he create his own visual language—as unique as a fingerprint and as inimitable as the voice of a great writer?

In Iluminaciones, Jack Parsons's seventeenth book, he takes the viewer on a very personal, deeply intuitive journey that reveals how he has honed his photographic vision. The answer is subtle—and remarkable: It is by growing into his own photographs. Here he shares with us ninety-one of his favorite photographs taken over the long arc of his stellar career. These are images that, over time, taught him, as he says, "to see the everyday world with new and better eyes" and that encouraged him "to look deeply instead of glancing and forgetting."

The photographs in Iluminaciones were taken all over the world, from the vast expanses of America's desert Southwest to a mosque in Turkey and temples in Laos, Burma, and Japan, of colorful streets in Mexico and Italy to quiet swimming pools in Southern California, from monumental urban landscapes in Eastern Europe to clouds forming over Ireland and Maui. Most of the pictures are of simple, commonplace things and places that we might not give a second glance. Yet Parsons did and in so doing both reveals and celebrates the subtle power and quiet beauty of the everyday. Complemented by the artful commentary of Frederick Turner, Iluminaciones is a stunning visual exploration of the beauty that shines through our world when we take the time to stop and look.

** Nominated for a 2015 IPPY Award" from the Independent Publishers Association **

About The Author

Jack Parsons is a renowned photographer and cinematographer from Santa Fe whose film credits include "The New Range Wars," an Audubon special, "Painted Earth," produced by the Getty Museum of Art in association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the prize-winning "A Weave of Time," and numerous documentaries on Southwestern art and culture supported by the National Endowment of the Arts. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including Actuel, Forbes, Geo, National Geographic magazine and books, and The New York Times, and he has published more than fifteen books of photography on the American Southwest, including the seminal 1993 Santa Fe Style. In 2006, he was honored with the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts.

FREDERICK TURNER is a writer from Santa Fe whose essays and articles have appeared in American Heritage, Evergreen Review, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Nation, New York Times, Outside, Smithsonian, Southern Review, and Wilderness, among others. And he is the author and editor of more than fifteen acclaimed books, including Beyond Geography: The Western Spirit against the Wilderness, Rediscovering America: John Muir in His Time and Ours, Spirit of Place: The Making of an American Literary Landscape, and The Viking Portable North American Indian Reader. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.


"In the midst of dozens of photography and filmmaking projects, Jack Parsons has taken pictures of all kinds of things. Just recently, as he culled images from his collection of thousands of slides for a new book, Iluminaciones, his 17th..."

- Paul Weideman, Pasatiempo

"What Jack Parsons has learned from a life of photographing the ordinary and extraordinary in our daily environment he now passes on to us in Iluminaciones. This is a quietly beautiful book full of revelations for those who share his faith that images can teach us the world."

- Lucy R. Lippard, author of Undermining: A Wild Ride through Land Use, Politics and Art in the Changing West

"Framed and recorded in time, in luminous depth beyond their surfaces, Parsons's photographs reveal inscapes, with more to say than can be spoken."

- Godfrey Reggio, Director of Koyaanisquatsi

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