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The Best of J. W. Nara

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Copper Country Chronicler: The Best of J.W. Nara by Deborah K. Frontiera and photography by J.W. Nara.

Hardcover.  102 pages.
Genres:  art, nonfiction.


J. W. Nara, a Finnish immigrant who settled in Michigan, imprinted many of his photos with his name, but many more of them were not marked. Hundreds of prints have come to be part of various collections and archives which sometimes do not use his name in conjunction with the photo. Still more copies of Nara's photos continued to circulate around the area in the possession of families and individuals who were the subjects of those photos, as well as others who recognized their historic value and became collectors. This book presents what the author and J. W. Nara's grandson, Dr. Robert O. Nara, consider the best of his work so that when people see these photos elsewhere, they will know that the original photographer was J. W. Nara. It is hoped that we will all appreciate more fully the importance of the record of life during the Copper Boom Days of Michigan's Upper Peninsula that Nara left us through his artistic eye and his camera's lens.

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