Literary Chickens: Beth Moon and Collier Brown (WILLIAMSBURG)

Fierce, funny, and flamboyant, fifty-two heritage-breed chickens assess the camera with a keen gaze. By focusing on the faces of her avian subjects, Beth Moon reveals them to us not just as beautiful and exotic creatures, but as individuals in their own right.

Moon’s intimate portraits capture a startling range of emotions and personalities, underscored by excerpts from literature. A martial Spanish White Face is flanked by a passage from Beowulf; a fantastical Buff-Laced Polish, by a line from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and a refined Blue Polish, by a character sketch from Swann’s Way.

Essays by chicken keeper and best-selling author Melissa Caughey and cultural critic Collier Brown shed additional light on this fresh and remarkable body of work, which will appeal to animal lovers and literature buffs alike.

Beth Moon, a New York–based photographer, has gained international recognition for her large-scale, richly toned platinum-palladium prints. Her other books include Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time and Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees.

Collier Brown is an internationally-recognized photography critic and poet. Founder and editor of the Od Review (, Brown also works as coeditor for Edition Galerie Vevais (Germany) and 21st Editions (Massachusetts). He serves regularly as juror for the International Photography Awards and Moscow International Foto Awards. Brown lives in Boston where he is currently a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University.

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By Beth Moon (By (photographer))
ISBN: 9780789213099
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Abbeville Press - October 23rd, 2018