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27 July 2000 - 31 January 2001

Dedicated to the memory of my sister, Carolyn Spier Peach, 1936-1990, and to Frederick Henry Evans, 1853-1943, my inspiration for pursuing Spanish Stonelight

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Spanish Stonelight I

    Ever since Philip and Ina Trager introduced me to the work of Frederick Evans in 1996, I have felt a special kindred relationship with this classical English photographer, even though our abilities, methods and materials differ considerably. In particular, Evans worked with large format cameras and created superb negatives of occasionally manipulated scenes that were then beautifully contact printed, while I work with small and medium format cameras to produce negatives of scenes as I find them, opting to manipulate them later, during the enlargement process.
    In response to the criticism of a colleague of his, Evans wrote "If I were younger and deeper in pocket, I would start afresh and take cathe

Stairway, Palacio de Carlos V, Alhambra, Granada, 1998 Charles A. Huckins

drals new to me (Spain for choice).....Let me commend this new work to the younger generation, who prefer good work to mere publicity." Evans wrote this in 1917, at the age of 63. So far as I know, Evans never made a journey to Spain to photograph its cathedrals, nor have I learned of anyone else who has attempted to do so in a comprehensive manner.
    Because of my great admiration for his work, I resolved to undertake Evans' commendation and, at the age of 57, set out with my wife Til to photograph the cathedrals and other monuments of Spain for three months in the latter part of 1998. The images presented in this exhibit, as well as in several subsequent exhibits planned for this web site, are the result of our quest.
    During my work in Spain, I often wondered how Evans might have dealt with the subjects which attracted my attention, and frequently I felt inspired by the joy which I imagined he might have expressed on certain occasions. I can only hope that he would not look with disfavor on my efforts, and that you will experience some of the joy I had in making these images in my own way.

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