Synopses & Reviews
In irresistibly strange, undeniably beautiful portraits, photographer Tamara Staples celebrates the finely-feathered champions of the American poultry show circuit, the beauty pageant of the barnyard. Location and detail photography, quotes from poultry farmers, insights into the judging process, and an essay by Ira Glass of public radio's "This American Life" complement these high fashion photographs to provide a full appreciation for this most noble of birds. An introduction includes quotes by breeders, followed by an explanation of the poultry world's bible, The Standard of Perfection, including excerpted text and visual aids on judging, breeding, and characteristics from the feathers to wattles of the perfect fowl. 35 posed, full page portraits of exceptional chickens are accompanied by basic information on the breed. Black-and-white candid shots and an interview with Tamara Staples by NPR's Ira Glass provides an intimate look at the people behind these prize-winning chickens.
Few chickens meet the standard of perfection of the American Poultry Show, the beauty pageant of the barnyard. In "The Fairest Fowl", photographer Staples celebrates the champions of the chicken world at their best. Photos.
Chickens are bewitching birds: lush plumage, gleaming feathers, perfect thighs. But few meet the standard of perfection of the American poultry show, the beauty pageant of the barnyard and the true test of poultry pulchritude. In The Fairest Fowl, photographer Tamara Staples celebrates the champions of the chicken world at their best. Dozens of stunning portraits capture the quirky personality and undeniable grace of these noble birds as you've never seen them before. Location photography of the shows, details of the judging process, strategies from poultry farmers, and profiles of each prize breed set the scene and offer insight for the discerning chicken aficionado. And an appreciation of Staples' photography by public radio's Ira Glass of This American Life explores the finer points of chicken portraiture. Finally, chickens receive the respect they're due.
About the Author
Tamara Staples was born and raised in the Carolinas, attended her first poultry show in 1988 with her uncle. After earning a degree in photography, she began to take portraits of the birds in earnest in 1998. Her work has appeared in Harper's Magazine, Utn
Ira Glass is the host of the award-winning public radio program This American Life. He lives in Chicago.