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Stanford University Press
From Library Journal
In his lifetime, Baer (1916-95) was considered the leading architectural photographer in Northern California. These 65 fine-quality black-and-white photographs, dating from 1951 to 1994, reveal a true reverence for and love of rural architecture. With well-balanced variety, the photographs depict cow barns of all types, as well as apple barns, seed barns, hay barns, feed barns, fine stone stables, water towers, an octagonal barn, skyscraper barns, windmills, and a hophouse, all shown against a backdrop of the rolling hills and mountains of Northern California. The book also includes an essay called "Remembering Barns" by scholar Bright Eastman, a remembrance by friend Patrick Jablonski, and "Rules of the Road" by Frances M. Baer, who recalls what it was like being a student and then the wife of this marvelously talented photographer. This is not just a regional book; it should be purchased for photography collections and wherever there are still farms and agrarian living or for readers who can appreciate simpler, less complicated lives. Highly recommended.
Joseph Hewgley, Nashville P.L.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Widely acknowledged as the leading architectural photographer of Northern California, the late Morley Baer had an enduring passion for photographing barns. This book makes available fine-arts quality prints of 68 extraordinary black-and-white photographs of California barns, a documentary record of a once common and now vanishing element of the landscape of California and the West.