Thursday, April 28, 2016

Book Beginning: From the Heart: The Photographs of Brian Lanker


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



Brian Lanker, the photographer, was easy to appreciate, to admire, and to comprehend because his photographer's eye was the human eye and every viewer could easily translate what Lanker saw into what the viewer knew.

-- From the Heart: The Photographs of Brian Lanker by Brian Lanker, published by OSU Press. The opening sentence is from the Foreword by Maya Angelou.

Lanker was won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography when he was 24, for newspaper photos of a couple going through natural childbirth. He brought an artist's gifts to his career as a photojournalist, a career celebrated in From the Heart.


  1. I love books about photographers....thanks!

  2. Photography is my hobby. :-)

  3. Sounds like an intriguing book, and with an opening written by Maya Angelou and everything!

  4. Am betting this is any amazing book. I'd recognize that cover image a mile away!

  5. Thanks for hosting! I like discovering unique new books and appreciate the opportunity to see the openers.

  6. I'm not a very good photographer and have never heard of this person before - will have to check out his pictures:)

  7. I have the same question as Anne. Are his pictures in it? Would be interesting to see pictures and explanations

  8. I love photography. Thanks for sharing a new to me book.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  9. I've not heard of this one before but it sounds interesting. I bet it's beautifully done. I hope you have a great weekend.

  10. Yes! It is full of his photographs. It's a coffee table book, so it's mostly big pictures. It was made to go with a retrospective exhibition of his work at the art museum in Eugene.

  11. This sounds like a fascinating biography. I love to take photographs, even though I'm definitely an amateur. It would be delightful to see this man's creations.
    Thank you for hosting Book Beginnings.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

  12. Love photos in books.

    Sounds quite good.

    Thanks for sharing, Gillion.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  13. Sounds fascinating. The cover image is stunning!


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