OK, I opened my gift early. I received the Jack Dykinga photo book – Arizona. WOW.
When you read what he went through to get some of these pictures, (i.e., the Saguaro in bloom), you get a real appreciation of his love and dedication to his art.
What others are saying:
Storyteller With a Camera - Jack Dykinga's photographs take us to the heart of Arizona's soul. http://www.tucsonweekly.com/gbase/Books ... =oid:68959
. . . “Others have tried their hand at capturing the nonhuman world through photographs. Two most similar to Dykinga that have also worked in Arizona are Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter. Dykinga builds upon these two--he is a color version of Adams and a refined version of Porter. The difference is that he brings the heart of a photojournalist to the work, a photojournalist is a storyteller who uses images rather than words, and Dykinga in these images proves himself to be a master storyteller. “. . .
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/156579 ... e&n=283155
The definitive photographic tribute to Arizona's landscapes, January 24, 2005
Reviewer: J. D. Baker (S.F. Bay Area)
Jack Dykinga is, in all likelihood, the only photographer to have already won a Pulitzer Prize before finding his photographic calling. That was in Chicago, before his 1976 "leave of absence" to Tucson. Before the "leave" became a "move." Before his switch from B&W film to color transparencies, and from 35mm to 4x5 view cameras. Before the desert got under his skin, along with the writings of Ed Abbey and Everett Ruess. Before Arizona was, as it is now, home.
25 years later, Jack has, in his eighth book, finally produced a large format photographic tribute devoted exclusively to his adopted home state. To Arizona's incredible rock formations, and the incredibly delicate flowers that border them. To the cacti, agave and octillo that abound. To the water, and the areas that are beautiful precisely because they lack water. And, most of all, to light. Most people would count themselves fortunate indeed to witness such moments of ephemeral light on even a handful of occasions. Frozen on these pages, there are dozens.
Interview with Jack Dykinga
Dykinga: Along that same period, I was reading Philip Hyde, some guy came up to me and said, "Hey, kid, try one of these," and I read "Desert Solitaire." And then I read "Monkey Wrench Gang." [Edward] Abbey's tentacles kind of just grab ya' and reel ya' in. He actually put things in words that I'd felt for a long time, and it was instant bonding there too.
Center for Creative Photography - University of Arizona
Arizona Highways: Celebrating the Tradition, The Photography of Ansel Adams, David Muench, and Jack Dykinga