Few artists are as synonymous with their hometowns as Claude Steelman is with Durango, but the photojournalists latest book is a reminder that the man made a name for himself hundreds and thousands of miles from Colorado.
Wildshots is Steelmans fifth book and his second go at self-publishing. Its a look back at a 30-plus-year career that included stints as a British television documentary filmmaker and as a regular contributor to National Geographic. Its packed with stunning photos of wildlife and scenery that most of us would never see without the aid of lenses like Steelmans.
And self-publishing has come a long way the 12-inch square hardcover is beautiful and professional, and the images within are reproduced flawlessly on high-quality glossy paper. In short, if you didnt know it was self-published youd think it came from one of the big houses instead of from Steelmans basement.
Tonight, Steelman will give a slideshow and sign copies of the book at Toh-Atin Gallery, which is assuming a surrogate location for Y.E.S.S. The Book Hutch. Jackson Clarks gallery allows for much more seating than Terry Hutchisons local bookstore, and because both are longtime friends of Steelmans it should be both a festive and informative evening. Steelmans shots from both the Four Corners and the four corners of the globe contain enough stories to, well, fill a book, and so they have five times over.