Michael Smith Tuscany: Wandering the Back Roads, Vol. II

Michael Smith Tuscany: Wandering the Back Roads, Vol. II

Preface by Paula Chamlee and Michael A. Smith

The land of Tuscany has nurtured and inspired artists for centuries. In Tuscany: Wandering the Back Roads, Volume I, by Paula Chamlee, and Volume II, by Michael A. Smith, the glorious tradition continues and is even enhanced in their deeply personal and beautiful photographs of one of the most alluring and romantic places in the world.

In the spring of 1999 and 2000, and in the fall of 2001, the photographers Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee shipped their old Land Rover to Europe, after configuring it to accommodate their large-format camera equipment and camping gear. They then drove to Italy, where they traveled together, yet worked separately while exploring the landscape and the small towns and villages of Tuscany—each recording their own visual responses to a land they had come to love.

During their travels and adventures, Smith and Chamlee photographed from the quarries in the Carrara region in the north to the old Etruscan towns in the south, and from the Val di Chiana and Cortona in the east to the Island of Elba off the coast to the west. Their photographs, full of warmth and life, yet demanding in their complex visual elements, are the culmination of those three extensive trips. Selections from each of the photographers are here collected in this extraordinary two-volume set of books.

Chamlee’s 8 x 10, 5 x 7, and 4 x 5-inch photographs are presented in Volume I, along with an essay by the noted Curator of Photography, Robert Sobieszek, a foreword by the well-known writer, Ferenc Máté, and a preface by the photographers. Volume II is a long-format book and contains Smith’s 8 x 20-inch photographs.

To insure the exacting standards that are a hallmark of Lodima Press, every detail in the production of these exquisite books was supervised by the photographers. The reproductions of the photographs, in 600-line screen quadtone and printed on heavy coated stock by Salto2 in Belgium, achieve unmatched fidelity to the original prints. Sturdy French-fold dust jackets protect and complete the elegant production of these fine books.

Publisher: Lodima Press

First Edition Signed Copy Price $ 95.00