The Magnificent Chicken by Tamara Staples

Tamara Staples does amazing work with Chickens. Chickens; probably the most overlooked and underrated animal. Staples’ love for the birds began during visits with her Uncle Ron, who lived in Athens, Ga., and was a chicken breeder.

With backyard chicken keeping and urban farming at an all-time high, the proudest of purebred poultry take center stage once again in this fully revised and expanded edition of the classic The Fairest Fowl, now retitled The Magnificent Chicken. Updated in hardcover with even more chickens and an enlarged resource section, this celebration of the wonder, peculiarity, and magnificence of championship chickens showcases more than 40 astonishing breeds in glamorous photos—many brand new—and informative text, while an introduction by Ira Glass explores the finer points of poultry shows and chicken portraiture.

With some guidance from her uncle, Staples began photographing the birds around the Midwest in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana over four years to get enough material for her first book, The Fairest Fowl: Portraits of Championship Chickens, published by Chronicle Books in 2001.

This year she comes back and the results are amazing. Staples’ work in The Magnificent Chicken does complete justice to the beauty of these chickens, they’re absolutely gorgeous.

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