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Cows: A Closer Look
A Photographic Essay
Paul W. Thoresen

Stunning images that look at cows through a new lens

Here are Holsteins as they’ve rarely been depicted before—abstractions in black and white, artist’s models with long-lashed liquid eyes, soulful individuals and sisters of the herd, the fecund embodiments of mother’s milk, tenants of the land, spirits and myths.

Fine art photographer Paul Thoresen captures the very essence of cows with his camera. He has been artfully photographing Holstein cattle for more than five decades, mostly on three family farms within a mile of his home near Paoli, Wisconsin. Cows: A Closer Look contains more than seventy photographs in both black-and-white and color.

Paul W. Thoresen lives in rural southern Wisconsin and has retired from a career as a health psychologist at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. A devoted fine art photographer, his work has been exhibited in juried photography shows for more than thirty years.

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September 2011
LC: 2011922900
136 pp. 10 1/4 x 9
64 b/w duotones,15 color photos

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ISBN 978-0-9815620-9-4
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