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Virginia's Past Today Hardcover – December 1, 1998

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His color photagraphs capture magnificent scenes and shadings of history.... -- Richmond Times-Dispatch

Stunning photography....This is a book every proud Virginian should want. -- James I. Robertson, Jr., author of Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend

About the Author

Chiles Larson served as an Air Force photographer during the Korean War. His photographs have been published in Sail, Yachting, Sports Illustrated, Historic Preservation, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. His interest in Virginia and history manifested itself when he and his wife bought an historic farm in Albemarle County in 1981 and set about its restoration.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Press Inc.; 1st edition (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574270672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574270679
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 12 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,424,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is indeed worth buying just for the pictures! Chiles Larson's love for his native state blends with his many years of photojournalism experience to create a historical portrait of great beauty. He has an ear for stories and an eye for detail, and both are reflected in the essays that accompany the photos. The book has three sections: The Roots, The Bounty, and The Vision -- sort of a past, present, and future look. If you live in or are from the central or Tidewater areas of Virginia, this book is a must-have, as that is where Larson has focused much of the book. A great gift for a Virginian!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. Guy Wilson, Jr. architect on December 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
You don't have to don your perriwig and spectacles to feel right at home with THIS version of Virginia's history! Chiles Larson has vividly brought to life the EXISTING effects of "history" upon the current day Virginian and cleared away the museum effect of traditional glimpses into the past of this staid Old Dominion.
The photographs are dazzling to the eye and he has used everything from airplanes to the dangerous leap from the pilot boat to the freighter entering the rough waters of Hampton Roads harbor at Cape Henry to give reality to his book.
Truly an adventure for the photographer and the historian who may be interested in our nation's beginnings from the original footprints of the First Permanent English Colonists.
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