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It would be really hard to find a photography book collector or even a photographer who has not heard of David Plowden (born 1932). A 1955 Yale graduate and student of the famous photographer Minor White, he wrote over 19 photo books and contributed with his photographs to many more. I am still looking to acquire a nice hardbound copy of his book The Hand of Man on America but showing you here a few pictures of the 1973 softcover edition will have to do. After you read through the preface of this book you can’t help admiring this  photographer. There is simply not much more one would want to write and become superfluous, so I prefer to let some of the pictures from the book speak for themselves.

Better yet continue reading about him and look at his work at his website.