David Plowden

Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2001 12:52:18 -0500

Dear Mr. Plowden,

Thouroughly enjoyed your web site.  I went through Catherine Edelman Gallery.  I have a book of yours from several years back which has become my "bible".  I'm trying to document Central Valley (CA) sites, barns, tank houses, etc, before they fall to the developers here.  I did wonder if I might get you to sign it for me.  I would pay shipping both ways.  Please let me know.

Question: Do you encounter much resistance to taking photographs in the places you go?

Sincerely Michael Keefe

From: Michael Keefe <mkeefe@waterford.k12.ca.us>

Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2001 15:58:05 -0500

Hey, Plowden,

Photographed any good carousel horses lately?


From: jsr <worldcity@aol.com>

Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2001 11:51:00 -0500

I am not sure if you remember me.  You will have to cast your mind back to 1978-79 and IIT.  I was one of your favorite students--Bill Leap.  I have been living in Palatine for about 20 years.  I have spent the majority of my career in the computer arena.  Unfortunately, I never worked as a photographer.  After leaving IIT, I went to work for NCR with their microfilm group.  I am now doing my own thing as a web developer--www.leapdevelopment.com.

I hope all is well with you and your family.  Please feel free to contact me (if your remember me.

BTW, I have a photograph of a church in Saline County, MO hanging in my office.  I still love it and your new work is even better.

From: Bill Leap <bleap@leapdevelopment.com>

Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 10:49:14 -0500

Love your work and you philosphy, I have taken photos in a similar vein but do not always capture the moment  as often as I would like to. The photos of Statue of Liberty really took me back.My father  would pull me to Caven Point in a wagon made from an old baby carriage and scrap lumber. This was during thr depression when he collected scrap metal to make ends meet.Again I love your work.

From: Frank Bowing <frabow@yahoo.com>


I really enjoyed viewing you photos.  Found them to be very inspirational and will help, hopefully, to stimulate my creativity. I just recently purchased a used camera and have begun exploring my past love of photography after many years.

Thanks again,

From: Lance Calvin <lecalvin@home.com>

Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 21:54:14 -0500

Your photographs are very moving, do you have a book out?

Paul Webster

From: Paul Webster <KeezParrot@msn.com>

Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 08:01:18 -0500


As some of my young employes say, "I totally love" your images.  I live in Harrisburg, PA, and was quite surprised to see one of my photographs on your website, i.e. the Market St. Bridge pillar.  But upon further review, I astutely noticed that you took the photo in 1969 while I was a sophmore in high school.  It is reassuring to know that I share some of the sense of wonder that possessed us both to photograph the Market St. bridge.  Of course, I walk across the Walnut St. bridge (from where you took the photo) almost every day and I have opporutnity to see the Market St. Bridge in all kinds of light.  You  must have had to stop your car (back then the Walnut St. bridge was still open to traffic which ended after the 1972 Agnes flood) and take the photo.  In fact, I am working on a project (for myself) called "5 days of Market Bridge".  I am taking a seriew of 5 shots hoping to get different lighting on all five shots then frame them in sequence.

If you ever return to Harrisburg I would love to show you my photographs and some other really nice bridge opportunities in the area, so please feel free to call (717-232-9398 work). I wouldn't take up much time, just a few minutes.  It would be "totally wow, ok, whatever."

Thanks again.

Anthony DiSanto
Shutterly Ridiculous
225 South St.
Harrisburg, PA  17101
e-mail:  paphoto@worldnet.att.net.

P.S.  I am an attorney, a stringer photographer for a local weekly newspaper, and an investigator of life moments (i.e. a photographer).

From: Anthony DiSanto <paphoto@worldnet.att.net>

Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 20:36:04 -0500

Although I have been seriously involved in photography for 50 years, for some reason your name and work hasn't come to my attention until quite recently.  It gives me great pleasure to see that you are doing the photography which I always felt that I should have been doing, but was never able to accomplish.  It is wonderful.  Thank you.  Bill Mitchell

From: William Mitchell, MD <bmitch@home.com>

Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 08:07:31 -0500

Dear David Plowden,

I’m not sure how much contact you have had already with Sarah Jameson, who is a picture researcher for publishers RotoVision, but she has passed on details of your work to me. I’m writing a book for RotoVision on architectural photography, and would very much like to include some of your pictures in it – providing, of course you have no objection.

The book will be entitled ‘Photographing Buildings’ and will be in the Professional Photography series. The intent is educational, and it is aimed at professionals and aspiring professionals. It will be A4 format, 148 pages, full colour throughout, and distribution is worldwide (including co-editions in different languages). All contributing photographers will be fully credited and will receive complimentary copies of the book (one for each image selected). Photographers’ biographies and full contact details (including websites) will appear at the back of the book.

The pictures I’d like to use are:

– the Western House, Springville NY, 1992
– Gymnasium, Montezuma School, Iowa, 1987
– Susquehanna River Bridges, Harrisburg, 1969

What I would need is:
– technical details of the pictures: camera/lens/film/lighting/accessories/any other equipment used;
– a bit of background about how the pictures came about: personal project? Commission? What were you trying to do? What look were you trying to achieve? How did you do this? etc;
– any general observations about architectural photography: how you approach it, what you set out to do, any pitfalls, good tips, favourite quotes etc;
– a very brief biography of yourself (around 50-80 words), together with contact details (address/phone/fax/e-mail/web etc) as you would like them to appear in the book. This information will be included in the Contributors section;
– good-quality copies of the pictures for reproduction: preferably print or transparency, but alternatively electronic file on disk (scans need to be of 600dpi or above, in Mac format).

I hope this isn’t too much to ask. My contact details are:

David Wilson
Flat 1,
52 Aberdare Gardens,
London NW6 3QD, UK.
Tel/fax: +44 (0)20 7916 3950.
e-mail: david_v.wilson@virgin.net

I very much hope you will be interested in participating in this project. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Many thanks in advance for your help, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best wishes,
David Wilson

PS I hope you don’t mind but I’ve also passed on your contact details to a colleague, Terry Hope. He is working on a separate architectural photography book for RotoVision, concentrating on fine-art black-and-white photography. He may be in touch!

From: David Wilson <david_v.wilson@virgin.net>

Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 12:27:34 -0500


About ten years ago, perhaps more, I phoned you in NY from Lake Forest High School where I was teaching... I didn't realize you were from Winnetka til I saw your bio just now on this website!

I had just discovered your books, and felt I had a kindred spirit. I phoned you because I wondered if you felt your work was making a difference, and you had a good reply: "It must, because you phoned me long distance from Chicago!" Remember that?

I'd very much like to send you a little brochure I've worked up, showing how I document our vernacular architecture here in Montana/Wyoming, where I live now. I first got started documenting by photographing scenes around Lake Forest/Lake Bluff. I felt these huge estates marked an era which, although far out of reach financially for me, represented a time of graciousness reminiscent of Europe, where I had attended high school, and where a higher regard was shown for valuing the past. I am also drawn to the very simplest of buildings and structures, often forgotten and overlooked here in the West. For me the issue is not one of wealth or lack of wealth, but as you point out, who we were. Whether it be the North Shore or Bear Creek, Montana, the issues are same.

I am heartened by your work... it is so important. Sometime I plan to go back to the Chicago area to visit old friends and would dearly love to meet you.

I was asked to mount my recent Billings show by some architecture profs of the Montana State in Bozeman, location of the state's only architectural school. They were very encouraging of what I am trying to do.

If you would like to see this brochure, I'd very much appreciate sending it to you, if you care to e-mail me your snail-mail address.

Thank you!

Paul Whiting

From: Paul Whiting <pwhiting@imt.net>

Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 12:23:09 -0500


A colleague of mine has started taking photography classes so I've shared your books with her. She is so excited about your work that she has done further research (including trip to UMBC Kuhn Library) and done presentations in her classes on your work. She recently found the piece on you in Shutterbug and shared it with me.

Glad to see that you are doing well. Know that you have fans in Maryland. Best regards,

John Wilson
Director of Publications
Tai Sophia Institute

From: John Wilson <jwilson@tai.edu>

Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2001 21:04:00 -0500

I caught your barn pictorial in Smithsonian.I have been dying to tell you of the Most splendid barn I've ever seen.
I saw it recently while visiting some freinds in Nokesville just outside of Manassas, Virginia.  I don't know the entire story, but apparently local outcry saved the barn from the developers wrecking ball.  It's exact location is on Nokesville Road at the intersection of Route 28 and Route 234 Bypass.  Please PLEASE try to visit this wonderful piece of art.

From: Ken Langer, M.D. <Batrooney@aol.com>

Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2000 00:38:42 -0500

i just saw your picture "Silo in a round barn". Could you tell me where I could buy a print of this?

From: Sue York <spacerangr@yahoo.com>

Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 21:46:41 -0500

do you use 4x5 exclusively? have you or do you recommend larger formats for the kins of work you are know for? I use 4x5 and 8x10 but sometimes wonder whether even 8x10 is too difficult to haul around- I have been thinking of including the 8x20 as a way to include more. Please comment , Thanks, Howard
From: howard greenberg <howgreen@home.com>

Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2000 14:11:10 -0500
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2000 00:25:43 -0500

Many years ago I saw one of your photos in a magazine. It was a photo of Davy WV with a early model Musting in the forground and the old style B&O RR signal in the background. I have always thought that this was one of the most evocative RR photos ever taken even though there are no trains in the photo.

To me a major strength of the image is the fact that is is black and white so you are not distracted by the color.

Do you sell prints of your photos? If so can you advise me how I might proceed to purchase the Davy print.

Roger Simpson
San Jose Calif

From: Roger Simpson <rksimpson@earthlink.net>

Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000 10:57:15 -0500

Interested in immediate location and availability of a print of Plowden photograph entitled "Golden Valley North Dakota, 1971"suitable for framing.  Just discovered my boss is desperate to find it; so this a perfect Christmas gift for him from me. However, my Christmas party is Tues Dec 12.
Can you give me immediate information on prints available, cost, and how quickly I can have it sent to me.  Help! Help! Thanks  Veva Rose

From: Veva Rose <vrose@ministerialtraining.com>

Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 11:13:27 -0500

Has your book on Barns been published?

From: Paul Winskell <pwinskel@mhtc.net>

Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2000 15:12:39 -0500

Dear Mr. Plowden,it's to our benefit that you have felt your drive, and rushed ahead of the wrecking ball! In the small city of my upbringing, Pittsfield,MA, was a wonderful train station,a small "Grand Central", preserved perhaps only in individuals' casual photographs and those of Bill Tague. Torn down and replaced with a super market and, at a distance, only an aluminum and glass stall (suited for four drizzle-whipped travelers) for potential rail travelers.. Urban renewal.   Thank you for your work, which is heroic as well.Without such images, what would we have of our past? My eye and memory are mine alone, hard to express with words what they hold. Your pictures speak and breathe; they surge into the mind.

P.S. I have a few measley photos, family @1950's, one of a Berkshire arm at a roadside from 1972 or so, that I'd like to attach to an email for you. I don't know light, just would be happy to send a small token of appreciation.
     Andrew G. Oltsch

From: Andrew G. Oltsch <unclefot@aol.com>

Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 12:40:37 -0500

Mr.Plowden, there was a photo of a barn in the Judith Basin in Montana in the October Issue of Smithsonian. My father and uncle worked for their uncle John Valentine in the 30's for much needed cash. I would like to find out if you have any other photos of the ranch. At a minimum, I would like to get copies of the barn photo that was in Smithsonian. This would mean a lot to my father and uncle. Please let me know. Thanks, Happy Thanksgiving.

From: Kevin Valentine <Kevin.Valentine@excelenergy.com>

Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2000 11:41:06 -0500

I would really like to know how you work, what kind of camera,
what file sizes you normally use, and more on your histroy
I am a photography student in Michigan and i am very interested
in your work, i will look forward to your reply

From: Ethan Dailide <AAE321@aol.com>

Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 16:31:58 -0400

Mr Plowden, thank you for your prompt reply to my request about your photo of the NYC Weehawken rail yard in 1957.  Since you wrote that you no longer had the image, I believe that the rights have been sold to someone else.  I will continue to seek a location where the image might be for sale in a larger version.  I looked at some Web pages with your work and I share your feelings, that everything seems to slip away.  That rail yard seemed so vast as to be infinite in existence.  I was shocked years later when I returned and saw that it was completely gone.

I also witnessed the demolition of the huge grain storage Pier 7, at the same location on the Hudson river in the late 50s.  I read that it was the first time a helicopter was used with a wrecking ball.  After two or three hits, it gave up because it was to dangerous. Unfortunately, I did not have my Ansco box camera with me.  The distance was probably too great to get a good picture.

Nowadays, I use an Epson PhotoPC 550 digital camera because it is compact, very portable and I can get 74 pictures on the 8 MB card.  Sometimes, I change the color to black & white using Adobe Photoshop.  The resolution does not approach that of a large black & white negative, but I like to think that have saved a few worth while scenes.  I tend to photograph trains and airplanes.  The coast of Maine near Rockport has many worthwhile locations.  I hope that I havn't rambled on too much.  Your work brings up many recollections and emotions.  I wish for you the ability to keep at it until you no longer want to.

Allen Membry

From: Allen Membry <amembry@mint.net>

Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2000 15:09:30 -0400

I have a copy of "New York Central in the Hudson Valley."  On page 106, there's a picture of the Weehawken yard in New Jersey.  I hope that you are the same David Plowden who took the picture.  I grew up in West New York, spent many hours with my friends on the Palisades, and was 16 when the photo was taken in 1957.  I guess that I'm trying to recapture some of my youthful experiences and would like to know if you have other photos of that yard.  I would be interested to know if framable prints might be available.  Thanks for your time.

Allen Membry

From: Allen Membry <amembry@mint.net>

Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2000 10:07:36 -0400

I am interested in learning any background you can provide on a photograph "Bedroom, Hotel Brooklyn, Brooklyn, Iowa" (1987,Imprints ). How it is you found this small town,comments or recollections. Brooklyn is the birthplace of my father.  I am also itnersted in learning if  reprints of this wonderful image are commercially available.

Many thanks.

From: Lance Willett --- <willett@gateway.net>

Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2000 11:03:42 -0400

Mr. Plowden: I received my Smithsonian October issue and there was an article on barns and your photographs. One photo on page 114,Sharpsburg, Maryland struck my eye. I emailed to Smithsonian this morning but now I have found your site. I would like permission to use your photo on my website that I am going to make. I would, of course, put your name and any credits or links that you would want me to do. I am a novice at websites but I am learning. I also know that I have to contact you in order for me to do this. My name is Sally Starks. I live in Gautier, Mississippi and work at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory/University of Southern Mississippi. I am going to make my website more for women and sewing, quilting etc. Your barn was the perfect set that I want on my home page. If you would answer me I would appreciate it.

Sally Starks

From: Sally Starks <sambeau@datasync.com>

Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2000 22:14:35 -0400

I just saw your barn photographs in the Smithsonian Magazine.  I was so taken by their simplicity and enduring strength that I wanted to see more of your work.  I suppose I am the last in America to be aware of you.

From: Judy Lazarus <judylazarus@msn.com>

Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2000 18:40:07 -0400

Mr. Plowden:  I recently saw your photographs of barns in the October issue of Smithsonian magazine.  Your work is awesome?  Is it possible to buy a copy of the "Burlington, Vermont" barn with the horse peering out the window?  I love it!!  Thanks -- Renee Montrachet

From: Renee Montrachet <topcowgal@aol>

Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2000 09:41:58 -0400

Dear Mr. Plowden, I have just seen the issue (oct.2000) Smithsonian.  I enjoyed your article and photo's.  I have lived in Canaan, New Hampshire all of my 40 years of life and have not been able to find this barn.  I to enjoy taking photo's and love to feel the history  within them.  Can you tell me if this was a recent photo, and the road it may be on, or was it a typo and the barn doesn't even exist in Canaan?  I would love to hear back from you.  Sincerely, Lauri Stark Allen

From: Lauri Stark Allen <Lauri5Stark@yahoo.com>

Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2000 17:14:47 -0400

dear David,

Many years ago your mother, Mary Plowden and my mother-in-law, Susan I. Hardyman were great friends.  They had traveled in Europe together and shared many adventures.  When Suse went to New York, she usually stayed with Mary, and later on, when my husband Maitland and I went to New York we visited with your mother, and sometimes stayed with her.  We kept in touch at Christmas time and on other ocassions.  Several years ago, our Christmas card was not delivered, and we have not heard from Mary, or about her since then... We were hoping that you could let us know what has happened to her.  She was wonderfully hospitable to us and to our children when they visited her.  My mother in law, Suse, passed away in 1983, but I have wonderful memories of her stories of the two of them studying piano in Paris in the far distant days of their girlhood.  We came upon your beautiful photographs of barns which were in this months Smithsonian Magazine, and Maitland and I hoped to be able to co!
ntact you to find out about your mother.

If you receive this e-mail, I hope you will be able to take a minute to let us know what has happened.  Our e-mail address is hardyman@olympus.net  and we live in Port Townsend, Washington.  That is on the tip of the Olympic Penninsula about 2 hours by car and ferry boat from Seattle.  Our phone number is 360-385-0884.

thank you for giving this your consideration.


Doris F. Hardyman

From: Doris F. Hardyman <hardyman@olympus.net>

Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 14:03:51 -0400

david, wounderful to see your prints on the internet. it has been a while since we've talked, i really love the opportunity to speak with you again.I attened david rathbuns class at grand valley state university, my thesis was on the mental institution in traverse city, mich. hope to talk with you soon

From: jeff kiessel --- <jkiessel@ldnonline.net>

Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 16:41:33 -0400

As a rank amateur 2 1/4" image-maker still using my favorite Rollei 2.8E, I greatly appreciate and respect your work and attitude. I have returned to b & w after a lengthy flirtation with color. I am a technician; you are the Artist.

From: Stuart Kramer <Stuartkram@aol.com>

Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 08:10:02 -0400

I recently purchased a copy of "A place Of Sense". Included in it were some of your photographs.I was a tad disappointed that Ohio was not included - an oversight on the part of the editor?

I would love to have the bok inscribed. May I mail it for inscription and if so where to?

From: Cuthbert Thambimuttu <Fgbash@aol.com>

Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 01:29:54 -0400

The University of Alaska Anchorage Camera Club is looking for a photographer to conduct a three-day workshop in May or early June 2001.  I recently got a copy of your 'Imprints' and it is one of the most exceptional collections of photographs I have seen.  I have suggested that you would be an excellent choice for the workshop.

Would you be interested in coming to Anchorage, Alaska to conduct such a workshop?

Dennis Daigger
21919 Mile-Hi Way
Eagle River, AK 99577


From: Dennis Daigger <daiggerd@mtaonline.net>

Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2000 14:08:53 -0400

Dearest David,

I have been meaning to get back to you ever since we had that three minute conversation.  But being that I am at Hedrich Blessing between 18 and 20 hours a day (well, on location, not in the office) I have talked only to the photographer I am working for, for the last month.  I actually have not even seen my sister in about three weeks.  Although we have developed a nice phone relationship...

So I have been consumed with the thought that you are still assistantless, hopefully this is not true!  But I have asked everyone around me about the prospects of getting you a new sturdy one, but nothing has come to me...

The only thing that does come to me is how much everyone who has seen your work admires it and you.  When the president of HB sent out a memo to all of the staff announceing my hiring, included was a paragraph about my prvious work, by you.  So guess what everyone wanted to talk about!  You have some big fans here and because of this I am treated very well.

I miss you and Sandra.
Please say hello to Karen and Phillip for me.


From: BEE Kirchgatterer <chq_chicago@hotmail.com>

Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000 23:02:55 -0400

I have just bought your Imprints retrospective.  Please consider this a fan letter from an overwhelmed new devotee.
You capture my roots of Dubuque Iowa

From: Gail Chavenelle <Chavenellestudio@aol.com>

Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 12:24:48 -0400


I am following up from an introduction through my mother-in-law law Joan Phillips who sat with you on the train from NYC on Tuesday. She mentioned that I am an architectural photographer from Vermont with a book out through Random House entitled ADIRONDACK STYLE. I had just returned from a visit to NYC and the 'Walker Evans and Company' show at MOMA. Ironic that she told me about meeting  you and after seeing your web page and interest with Black & White  documentary work and book publishing I thought I would get in touch. I seem to recall your work from the mid seventies when I was a photo student at Southern Illinois University. Your work at the Beinecke Library sounds like a 'must see.' Totally impressive.

 My commericial work involves a variety of assignments with an emphasis on architectrural subjects mostly for resorts, builders,  architects and related manufacturers. In recent years I have returned to my fine art roots and embarked in silver printing, now working in hand-coated palladium and have recently been accepted into an Artisians Guild up here.

I have a question if you would be so kind on commenting:  I would like to photograph bridges in Connecticut. Specifically along the Merrit Parkway (route 15). Everytime I travel this route I feel compelled to capture the essence of the various forms of these structures.  Have you any advice about getting started? I have contacted the Connecticut Dept of Transportation
and they want specifics. Frankly I only know at this point that I have a passion for seeing original images
in galleries and in book form and my eventual goal is to make  prints again and produce my own personal projects on some

Have you an idea about who my audience might be? Should I apply for some sort of grant? Would this work in book form,
in a calendar or sold as exhibition prints? Or does it sound  feasible at all apart form my own sponsoring through a labor
of love?

I would enjoy hearing from you at some point and look forward to seeing some of your work in print.

Warmest Regards,

Gary Hall

From: Gary Hall <ghphoto@together.net>

Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 06:38:22 -0400

I really enjoyed your pictures tons..I'm currently taking a photography course { b&w ) to learn about my camera and taking great pictures..you have the eye for it..I wish I could get such great pictures...I know patience and lots of practice...I'm doing just that...I'll get it ..I just have to keep at it...thanks for the enjoyment of your eyes (lens)

Tina House

Norfolk, Va.

From: Tina House <chouse@cavtel.net>

Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2000 14:35:57 -0400

Dear Mr. Plowden:

Thank you for your wonderful photography.  I especially like your shots of my hometown, Superior, Wisconsin. Where can I
purchase prints of your work?

thank you, Steve Dorfman

From: steven dorfman <steve.dorfman@ncal.kaiperm.org>

Date: Mon, 22 May 2000 12:35:02 -0400


Your photographs are very interesting, and many of them go right to the heart of what I'm trying to do in photography.
I particularly liked the photo of the Statue Of Liberty as seen from a New Jersey dump.

I started photography just last year at the age of 41. Please go to my website at http://www.beautifulprints.com. Some of my industrial photos and ghost town photos may be of interest to you.  Any comments are welcome.


Richard Rose

From: Richard Rose <admin@beautifulprints.com>

Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2000 18:27:48 -0400

Dear David, thank you for your wonderful work, I have enjoyed it
over the years. I especially love the interiors. I am a photographer
of still life mostly. (www.christopherhughes.com) and I appreciate
your fine eye

From: chris Hughes <newyorkchris@earthlink.net>

Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2000 11:04:28 -0400

I just located this website after doing some research for an intro to
photography class I'm taking at Plattsburgh State (NY). I have an
assignment to shoot "in the manner of" a photographer of my choice.
After veiwing the collection COMMONPLACE, which I found at the
campus library, I have decided on my mentor for this assignment. I
admire the idea of separating common images from the world and
showing them in the defining frame of a photograph. For some reason,
I thought I should write this here... for what it's worth-

From: Karianne Gronau <karianne @capital.net>

Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2000 08:55:56 -0500

David - very pleased to find you all over the web - hope
your New York show went well.  William

From: william plowden <william@plowden.demon.co.uk>

Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2000 22:28:21 -0500

So, What did Ansel know about Grade 3 paper anyway?

From: Rathbun <rathbund@gvsu.edu>

Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2000 11:38:46 -0500

Greetings, David
Your time with me yesterday, Sat. March 18/00, is much appreciated.
Again,  I thnak you!  I have a call in for Mike Medvick.  I will let you know his address.

Also, when will you be in Allendale, MI?

From: Phil Kingsley <pkingsley@mindspring.comcom>

Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2000 14:50:51 -0500

Comments about Plowden's material (blue.unix-bhs2u)

Hello old friend!
Jo Futrell, here.
If you get this message, let me know and I will be very happy to catch up with you...
I am still working as publications editor for the Univ. of
Wisconsin System and just this fall bought a farm north of Madison.
Five acres and a rambling old farmhouse in the marshlands of Columbia
County. Applying for a new job at the Wisconsin State Historical Society
and wondered if I may use you as a reference?  I do hope you are well!
Your work really shines on these pages. Who would have thought we would
be enjoying your rich images on these goofy screens?
Please reply and tell me how you are!
Your old pal,

From: Jo Futrell <jfutrell@facstaff.wisc.edu>

Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2000 10:31:08 -0500

Enjoyed reconnecting after all these years and seeing your wonderful
images on a gallery wall after enjoying them for so long on the
printed page.

From: Karl Zimmermann <karlrzim@aol.com>

Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 10:32:57 -0500

Dear Mr. Plowden - I am desperately trying to determine the locations of some
photographs you took for a book entitled Desert and Plain, the Mountains and
the River. My dad is from McDowell Co. W.Va. and we are trying to determine
whether or not some of the photos were taken in Davy, W.Va. which is his home.
I am in the process of building a model railroad and would like to have it as
accurate as possible for my dad. Any info on the photos you would be willing t
o share with me would be deeply appreciated. Thanks for your wonderful and
vocative work. You have touched our hearts.     Sally

From: Sally Murphy --- <sallyjmm@earthlink.net>

Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 08:25:01 -0500

Dear Mr. Plowden,

My name is Jonathan Schulman and I am doing a project in my advanced photography
class at my high school in McLean Virgina (just outside of Washingtion DC).  I found
some of your work on this site and liked it very much.  So I decided to slect you as
my photographer for this assignment.  I was wondering if you could provide me with some
information about yourself.  Such as have you had any formal training in photography,
and how did you get involved in the field.  Also I was wondering if you have any pieces
that you would like to mention specifically.  I would greatly appriciate your help in
getting this information.

Jonathan Schulman

From: Jonathan Schulman <schulm@erols.com>

Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2000 10:47:57 -0500

David--I am wondering if you teach workshops or classes or how I
might study with you.  I am sure you have much to teach (and I certainly
have much to learn), and, quite frankly, your photographs speak to me as
no others do.  Please let me know if you get this.  Thanks.

From: bill mowder <william.mowder@nyu.edu>

Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2000 18:07:22 -0500

Dear David,
This is a wonderful page, as usual  I love your work.
I will never forget you speaking and showing your work at Putney,
and most of all, spending time with us aspiring photographers
and artists, and really listening to our ideas and looking at our
work. It meant so much to me!

If you have time please write me a note back, I would love to
hear from you of course!

sincerely, Michele Glick (from Putney) (now at RISD)

ps- They just had a wonderful show of Henry Callahan's work
in the RISD museum, I think you said he was a friend of yours.
Take Care!

From: Michele Glick <mglick@RISD.edu>

Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 08:21:31 -0500

your page & the pictures are so cool, especially the landscape photos. I'm now doing a research for my university project, can i know where can i get your biography? & what camera & equipments that u have been using? thanx : i enjoy your page so much.

From: jon --- <leejonwee@hotmail.com>

Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2000 23:35:51 -0500

Mr. Plowden:  My daughter, Kate Stillwagon, was a student of yours when you spent some time at Grand Valley.  Would you be kind enough to send me the name of your dealer(s), as she would be thrilled if I bought one of your prints for her as a birthday or Easter present.  Her printing skill has been praised by the photographers she has worked for in Phoenix and, more recently, Chicago; she gives all the praise and credit to you.  Thanks.

From: Allan Stillwagon <AStillwago@AOL.com>

Date: Thu, 23 Dec 1999 14:53:24 -0500

Comments about Plowden's material (blue.unix-bhs2u)

Dear David,

I like your work and I love small town America. I have been to the US a couple of times, but untill know I have mainly traveled 'Ansel Adams country'. I now know that there is a lot more to enjoy. Thank you for that. Kind regards, Daniel Janssen from the Netherlands

From: daniel janssen <nijjans@xs4all.nl>

Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 03:51:57 -0500

I take pictures of trains but am always drawn by fields and buildings and structures, visions I have but haven't yet the storytelling talent for place that you have...but upon seeing your work, I decided to to put some B&W in and try to do it.  "Grain elevator, Bradford..." magnificent. Carla Sleeper, what a stunning photo.  Thanks for the inspiration.

I need it to remember what my vision is, not what constitutes a good train photo, and then I'll be okay.

From: Steve <trainwatcher2@yahoo.com>

Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 01:06:17 -0500

Dear Mr. Plowden: thank you for your work.   Clearly the railroads are not out of your system.  Will you, then, return trackside?  There you are needed, there is much to do.  In particular, while the grain elevators still loom over the Twin Ports, there is talk of dismantling the Missabe No. 5 ore dock.

In respect and gratitude,

From: Tom M Williams <banjosignal@dellnet.com>

Date: Wed, 15 Dec 1999 12:12:11 -0500

Love your photos. However, your essay on the Great Northern passenger train cab ride ride in "A Time of Trains" is a brilliant work. Each time I read it I feel like I'm there. An absolutely wonderful piece of writing.

From: David Busse <DRBusse@linkline.com>

Date: Thu, 2 Dec 1999 05:28:46 -0500

Wonderful photography and even better sense of history captured. Saw your site from a link at Bas Hoeben's site.
Kind regards

Steve Nicholls [Adelaide South Australia]

From: Steve Nicholls <gl1500@chariot.net.au>

Date: Sat, 27 Nov 1999 06:55:07 -0500

Great! All your images are totally transparant. You've got an unfailing photographic eye. Bas Hoeben (The Netherlands)  http://photobas.tripod.com/ Could I have your permission to put one of your images on my site and to link your site to mine?

From: Bas Hoeben <jahoeben@worldonline.nl>

Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 18:48:18 -0500

Mr. Plowden,
  Am a huge fan of your work.  It seems to speak directly to me, and I've tried to emulate it.   Do you ever teach any workshops anywhere?

Bill McMillan

From: Bill McMillan <csc_mcmillan@online.emich.edu>

Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 02:05:03 -0400

Thank you for your years of dedication to photography.  Your photographs have touched and inspired me like no other photographer.  Indeed, I've gone out and purchased an old Graflex 4x5 press camera and am trying to learn large format photography (in addition to staggering around with an old 35mm Minolta).  Keep up the great work.

From: Bryan Embrey <bembrey@aol.com>

Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 17:06:21 -0400

David, I loved it all...the commentary was very inspiring particularly as I´m about to embark on the same journey you started 40 odd years ago.

We´ve never met but I´m one of your Plowden relations from the UK...one of the 7 from Antony and Anne. It would be great to hear from you and use this cybernet to its full potential. I hope all goes well with you and yours.

Best regards

Giles Plowden

From: Giles Plowden <giles_plowden@yahoo.com>

Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 12:24:06 -0400

Hello David,

I'm sure you don't remember me, but I have met you several times as a Grand Valley student.  Right now I work for David LaClaire, whom I think you know, in Grand Rapids.  An uncle of mine saw the PBS documentary on your life and was amazed by the beautiful images (as was I).  He is very interested in where he might be able to purchase some of your photographs (originals or lithographs).  I told him I would look into it for him.  Please send me any information that I can relay to him.  I hope things are going well. Your images never fail to amaze me, so keep them coming.  Thank you

From: Tim Creamer <DBLaclaire@aol.com>

Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 02:21:11 -0400

Mr. Plowden,

I just wanted to tell you that you have embarrassed me. I came across your photos in American Views and was looking at them one-by-one when my secretary, who sits across from me, asked me what what wrong. Startled, I said, "huh?"  She then said to me "You look like you're about to break down and cry."  That is how much your work moved me.  Thank you very much for sharing; my own photography has no doubt taken a sudden turn from today.

From: Billy Woolfolk <xz5b-wlfl@asahi-net.or.jp>

Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 23:14:02 -0400

I stumbled across a pic taken by Plowden somewhere out there in cyberspace and
managed to trace it back to this site, gratefully...who is David Plowden, and how
has he managed to take the most dramatic b&w pictures have ever
seen???...this stuff is extraordinary...

From: Sweeney --- <thesween@rocketmail.com>

Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 14:48:00 -0400

Comments about Plowden's material


I received the invite to your reception yesterday.
I unfortunatly can not make it.  I teach on Mondays from
1 pm to 9:30 pm.  I am upset about this. I truly wish I
could be there.

   Things are going well for me.  Teaching has been
wonderfully chalanging.  I enjoy all of my students which
is strange.  I expected to have a few students who may
have been a pain in the ass. But this is not the case.
Begginer's luck?
  Let me end by saying I miss you and think of you often.
I learned a lot from you David, much of which bubbles up in
the lectures and demonstrations I give my students.
I will treasure always the experience of
working with you.

                        Enjoy yourself at the reception.

                           Wishing you well

Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 22:02:47 -0400

I am the daughter of fourth generation lumber dealers in Dyersville, Iowa. Photographs of
buildings from our family business appear on pages 136 and 137 of your book,
"A Sense of Place." I am very interested in learning more about these photographs.
Are they available for sale? Are there prints available for sale? I am most eager to
learn anything I can about these two photographs. The older I get, the more I appreciate
my midwest roots, and am grateful to you for recording my history so remarkably.

Delia Armstrong

From: Delia Armstrong <delia@dnvr.uswest.net>

Date: Mon, 20 Sep 1999 12:17:23 -0400

I understand what you mean about being consumed, about HAVING to photograph things. This was a madness that my first two wives could never understand. But my third, a girl I fell in love with in High School, supports my insanity, for she has it too! I can also relate to your feeling of being two steps away from the wrecking ball. I live in New England and have a fascination for old and abandoned mills. There was one in particular, in Mansfield, Mass., which was a veritable treasure trove of images. I had been photographing inside for a few weeks, stopping in whever I could. I stopped by one Monday afternoon only find that the factory had been replaced by a pile of rubble. The sense of loss cannot be overstated. I work exclusively in B&W and lug around an old Burke & James 4x5 and a tripod that weighs more than I do. I enjoy your work.

From: Ed Hobin --- <edward_hobin@gillette.com>

Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 23:35:13 -0400

Mr. Plowden ....

Photography has been my lifelong passion, although I make my
livelihood in the business world. I have studied and appreciated
your work for the last twenty years and it has had a
profound impact on my own personal photography. I saw your Imprints
exhibit at Yale and was disappointed to learn that I had missed the
opportunity to meet you only a few days earlier.

If you ever return to Yale for a lecture or to meet with the
curator, I would thoroughly enjoy the privilege of meeting
you and getting some advice on my work.

Please let me know, if you ever plan to conduct a workshop in
the New York area also. Although I have read that you are
not a orientated to the technical aspects of photography
(neither am I), your print making techniques produce images
that are deeply beautiful and moving .... I could use much
improvement in my printing skills and would benefit from your
advice and instruction.

Thank you for the enjoyment that your work has given me. I
believe that what you are doing is significant and causes
us Americans to reflect on what we have lost and what we
must do to preserve our identity as time moves forward.

I look forward to your correspondence.



Edward L. Linde II
96 Shadyside Road
Ramsey, NJ

From: Edward L. Linde II --- <ell11@us.ibm.com>

Date: Thu, 19 Aug 1999 18:35:55 -0400

Good job, photographic and web-designing. Great!!

From: Jorge Soriano --- <jsoriano@retemail.es>

Date: Mon, 26 Jul 1999 01:14:38 -0400

Mr. Plowden,

Your work has been an influence on my own photography since I saw a traveling exhibit of "Changing America" at Highland (KS) Community College in the early 90s. In fact, I used slides of your work taken from books in the University of Arkansas to do a presentation on your work while I was a student there in 1995. Instead of the standard "Plowden was born in blah blah blah" format, I placed slides of bits of poetry between slides of your work to complement the mood of the selected shots. I can't remember the name of the poet, but a particular line sticks in my memory. The line, "It was never there, and already it's vanishing" seems to best describe the mood of many of your shots of small-town America. Some of your shots taken in rural Kansas speak most eloquently to me, in particular a shot of an old building in a small town north of Topeka. The name of the town escapes me, but my brother and I were part of a crew that put a new floor in that very building in the early 80s. Anyway, I very much appreciate your efforts to preserve the images of America and your skill in doing so.

Tom Erpelding
Fayetteville, Arkansas

From: Tom Erpelding --- <terp@emailcm.com>

Date: Sun, 25 Jul 1999 23:55:54 -0400

Have "Imprints" gorgeous book, wonderful photographs - now teach me to do nearly as well! Is there on the internet any information on David's technique, advice, etc.? What is the availability of original prints? Are there any well printed posters available?

From: George Barr --- <george.barr@home.com>

Date: Fri, 9 Jul 1999 14:21:34 -0400

Excellent.  I love your art.  I attempt photos of the same subjects.  We have different eyes; I love your view/framing/perspective.

From: S D Schroder --- <PirateGHWB@excite.com>

Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 20:06:25 -0400

   just a quick note. Really enjoy your work. Always looking forward to viewing it. We have a photo group, just black and white, that meets every three months in Highland Park. It would be a thrill if you could manage to come. Our next meeting is August 11. If this is possible please call 847-266-9331, thanks and take care.      Ron

From: Ron Stein --- <steinaxis@aol.com>

Date: Sun, 27 Jun 1999 22:46:28 -0400

This comment, rather question, is strange, but were you ever
in a store named "Fox and Sutherland" in Mt. Kisco, NY? They
are now out of business, but they sold photo supplies and
equipment among other things.  I have a notion (probably
unfounded) that I saw you there one day perhaps 10 years ago
at the photo counter based on the jacket photo of our book
"A Time of Trains".  I have apreciated your work since I
became familiar with it in the "Hand of Man on America".

From: David Mainey --- <dmainey@bestweb.net>

Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 01:44:23 -0400

User comments for Plowden's site

I have admired your work ever since seeing your photos of the old "lakers" in the Smithsonian Magazine several years ago.  I am a part-time professional photographer myself and I occasionally buy photos I really admire.  I am interested in several of your images and would like to know what price you would charge for an @16X20 print.  One of my favorites is the Scranton train station in the snow, which is on this webpage.  Please let me know.  Thanks!

David Katz
1257 Archer St.
San Diego, CA  92109

From: David Katz --- <dekats@aol.com>

Date: Wed, 23 Jun 1999 10:20:02 -0400

Dear Mr. Plowden:

I sent you an e-mail about ten days ago regarding the picture on your web site that shows a train at Doran, Minnesota in 1956. Since that e-mail I was able to purchase a copy of your new book of photographs, Imprints. It is beautiful, a real treasure. I noticed a discrepancy, however, between the photo caption in the book and the one on the web site. The photo caption in the book, same photo as on the web site, attributes the picture to Delano, Minnesota, not Doran. I see from the chronology that you lived in Minnesota for about a year, working for the trainmaster at Willmar. You must have photos from both the Doran and Delano areas or there wouldn't be the confusion, since they are hardly well known locations. I am just curious now as to which caption is correct. Thanks.

Sincerely, Nancy Moore

From: Nancy Moore --- <nmoore1@fairview.org>

Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 11:08:04 -0400

Dear Mr. Plowden:

I was so excited to find your Web site yesterday. I was looking you up because I was going to see if there was some place I could purchase one of your books. I feel I want to have in my personal library at least one book of each of the photographers I admire most and seek to emulate, the ones I consider "mentors" of a sort. I have books on Eugene Atget, Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott, the Missouri Photo Project, and others in that same vein, but no David Plowden. But what has most stimulated me to make comment to you is one of the photographs on your website, "Great Northern RR, East Bound Grain Train, Doran, Minnesota, 1956." I was born at Breckenridge, Minnesota in 1953 and grew up on a farm "a mile and a quarter southeast of Doran" (which is how my father always used to describe it), a farm right by the railroad tracks. (If your memory needs refreshing, Doran is in Wilkin County, western Minnesota, southern end of the Red River Valley of the North.) When I was growing up there, the population of Doran was always listed on the marker sign as "Pop. 101." Now the sign says "Pop. 77" (which I think might be a stretch). The grain elevator there burned down several years ago, a huge blow to any small town. Some idiots tore down the old brick school in Doran that I attended through eight grades. Even now when I go to visit I can hardly stand to walk by the site, for the grief I feel at it being destroyed. The liquor store and the Presbyterian church still struggle to stay alive, which I have sometimes characterized as a "strange dichotomy of survival," but probably not so strange really, just two ends of the spectrum of how people seek to cope with life and its struggles. The trains still run through there, perhaps now as many coal trains out of North Dakota as there are "grain trains."

I myself now live in St. Paul and have lived here for about twenty years. My parents moved off the farm about 25 years ago and moved into Doran, where my mother still lives. My father is in a nursing home at Wheaton, Minnesota. I got a degree in Art from the University of Minnesota in 1995 and found that I had an affinity for black and white photography. I have decided to make it a personal life-time project to preserve in photographs the special character of the rural, town and city landscapes of my home state. I know you have said that in your career you felt you were always one step ahead of the wrecking ball; certainly the situation is even more dire today. Even in the short time I have been taking photographs, I see the changes in the landscape, and how things continue to be modified, if not destroyed, by "progress." It seems the franchise system continues to take over the landscape and spread its dull sameness everywhere, as Kunstler so brilliantly described in "The Geography of Nowhere."

Anyway, the photography work is something that I have to do in my free time away from making a living and trying to survive. And it is sort of slow going for one reason or another, but with small steps I think I am getting there. I remember reading in one of your books a piece of advice, that you learned that you shouldn't photograph anyone's house without asking their permission first. Do you have any other advice or wisdom regarding traveling around with a camera among strangers in places that are not natural "tourist meccas"? That's always a concern of mine. The philosophy that I have been trying to impress upon my mind in recent times is that "we are all connected," that all people are connected in some way whether we know it or not, and we have nothing to fear from one another. Finding that picture on your website reinforced that philosophy for me, gave strength to the ideas of connectedness and synchronicity that I have been mulling around. (Some of these ideas I found in a great book I read this year called "Synchronicity" by Joseph Jaworski.)

Well, I have probably taken enough of your time. I can't wait to tell my family about it. I'm sure they will be as astounded as I was. It made my day! And now I still need to figure out if there is some way I can purchase one of your books, and if I decide it will be just one, which one it will be.

With highest regard, Nancy Moore

From: Nancy Moore --- 

Date: Mon, 26 Apr 1999 18:24:31 -0400

Mr. plowden,

I am an amateur photographer who has recently purchased your retrospective book. I just wanted to tell you that your prints are just beautiful. I look at them often when I'm in need of inspiration, or just in the mood for some beauty.

P.S. This website is fantastic. I have added a link to it on my links page at http://www.ftn.net/~pablo/art/photolinks.html

Thank you.

From: Paul Politis 

Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 19:55:57 -0400

Dear David:

For over twenty years I've been collecting your books and being inspired by your photography. Ever since "The Hand of Man on America." Today I located a copy of Small Town which had eluded me...and it is so perfect.

It is so rare and joyful to encounter work that touches me so greatly; you see things the exactly way I either see them or want to take them. You're inspiring me back to black and white...and to photography in general.

Last week, by the way, I revisited the railyards at Morrisville, VT to retake some of the same photographs I've been taking for years.

Best wishes for your continued contributions and sincere thank you for all the pleasure and inspiration your books have provided over the years.

From: Roger C. Parker 

Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 23:44:48 -0400

Thank you for the inspiration. I am a full time Photography student at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit MI and I am starting my thesis project Next year. Jesse.

From: Jesse Snyder 

Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 12:54:45 -0400

How do I find you to write a letter? I'm trying to track down the fine photographs you took at Columbia University back in the 1960's.

From: John Rousmaniere 

Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 10:54:28 -0400

Hello David! Sue tells me that you will be in the area for an opening at Spheris. I hope I get a chance to visit with you. WE so much enjoyed (and learned from) your visit in the Fall-The fires you fostered still burn! I will have a class on SAT AM (8:50-9:35). Maybe you'd like to drop by for a critique? We'd love to have you, if you can make it. Anyway, I hope all is well. Have a safe journey. All my best, Jason Whiton (Putney)

From: Jason Whiton 

Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 20:19:04 -0400

How can I contact the photographer? Is it possable to obtain a print of the photograph "East of Las Vegas, New Mexico, 1971"? http://catlin.clas.virginia.edu/shadows/david-p/dp17.html

From: Daniel Goodman 

Date: Sat, 6 Mar 1999 07:42:01 -0500

always enjoy returning to your site.

From: myatt 

Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 11:08:23 -0500

Mr. Plowden--I happened to be in the bookstore at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with my 12 year old daughter here in NYC and, as we were leaving, caught the silos on the cover of Imprints. I took it down and started looking through it and, quite frankly, was thunderstuck by the subjects and quality of the photographs. I had not heard of you before, so was thrilled to find a photographer who was interested in the same things I am. Indeed, my daughter kept saying as we looked through the book, "He takes the same kind of pictures you do." Of course, I don't--yours are so far beyond my meagre abilities and your vision is much sharper. However, I am also interested in disappearing things and, more particularly, the impact of man on the American West ( I get out there as often as I can to photograph) and I try to bring a sense of humor to my work. In any case, your work ( I did buy the book!) is an inspiration to me and the quality of your work something to strive for. This! past summer I took a workshop with Len Jenshel, who you may know, whose work also struck a sympathetic cord, and I wonder if you do any workshops. My fulltime work is as the Academic Dean at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, but my passion is photography. Accidently coming across your work has increased that passion. Thanks.

Submitted by: Bill Mowder (william.mowder@nyu.edu) 

Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 22:58:34 -0500

Mr. Plowden,

Great work. Having been born in Boone, Iowa then moving to New York and now New Jersey, I thoroughly enjoyed your photographs that you have on this web site. I especially like the steam locomotives. That must have been majestic to see such a powerful, coal black machine burning accross the frozen white landscape. You captured the feeling of that particular photograph. Also your grain elevators are beautiful as well. They are the skyscrapers of the midwest. Having lived on the east coast for almost six years now, I am now yerning to return and live in such wide open and natural spaces. Your photographs to me are like looking out my bedroom window as a youth, except the steam engines(before my time). Keep firing away! Sincerely,

C. Shane Santi Photography - www.cshanesanti.com

From: Shane 

Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 09:08:30 -0500

Dear Mr. Plowden,

We are honored that you are to be the speaker at the International Historic Bridge Conference "banquet"!I know we will all keep always a wonderful memory of your presentation! It is my hope that you will leave the conference with a lasting memory of Wheeling. There is an operating stogie factory in the downtown area, an l850s nail factory where some of the original machinery is still being used, abandoned industrial buildings, Victorian homes and bridges. My favorite is the Wheeling Suspensiosn Bridge. It was there that Emory Kemp and I met in l969 when the bridge was dedicated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. We are all looking forward to your visit, especially me. Please let me help you in anything you need. Sincerely, Beverly Fluty(local arrangements co-chairman) [I have never used a "box" with this configuration so I can only hope that this episole is readable]

From: Beverly Fluty 

Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 21:48:27 -0500

Your images are awesome and inspiring. Have you ever shot coal mines/miners?

From: Hope Frazier 

Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 23:25:38 -0500

Just rediscovered your work and I love it! Had seen a couple of prints before but didn't appreciate them at the time.

I notice the sky is very white in most pictures. Do you use orthochromatic film? A blue filter?

Thanks for showing your work. Just ordered Imprints from amazon.com. From: Greg Hinton 

Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 12:12:52 -0500

This summer I started to photograph my surroundings. At first I would take pictures just down the road. Now I walk through town looking/exploring things to photograph. I had this urge to capture things before they changed. One day a pair of rusting tractors stood at the side of the road and I would say to myself those would make an interesting subject to photograph. A few days later one tractor was gone. I felt that I had really waited too long. Now I carry cameras with me all the time. Sometimes people ask me why I would want to photograph an old building or a rusting car. Sorry to ramble on like this. Just wanted to let you know that I saw one of your pictures today in a book on Landscape Photography -A Kodak Guide and felt like that maybe you had the same kinds of feelings about your approach to photography. I plan to look for more of your work. It is hard to find other photographers who take these kinds of pictures.

Submitted by: Russell Douglas Walls (Russell_Walls@yahoo.com) 

Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 23:40:41 -0500

Dear dave it has been a long time since I have last seen or spoken to you. If you are wondering who this is it is Jim the carpenter that worked on your house. I just wanted to let you know that things are really going quite well for us out here in Colorado. I have taken a position as area manager for a custom home builder in town. Things are very different from what I am use to. I actually don't even get dirty or swing a hammer, big change for me. It is also nice being on salary.....it is nice to get paid the same amount even if I don't go to work. Dave I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciated our friendship if, you call it that, while I was working at your house. We often look at your books you gave me, as they sit out on our coffee table. Your picture also is hanging in our house that we are renting for the present until our new house is finished. It is not often one finds a unique individual as yourself in life and I consider myself lucky and honered! to me a person as yourself. That book you gave me to give to my daughter really meant a lot to me and to her, she looks at it often. I also do miss our conversations and joking around, I hope eveything is going well for you and your family. Just as long as those birds stay out of your house. Well dave keep in touch.

Thanks for the memories and laughter.... :-) Jim

p.s. I hope your house is staying together........ 

Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 07:55:46 -0400

Dear Mr. Plowden,

I had the pleasure of attending your lecture and seeing your exhibit at UMBC on October 15, 1998. I could not help but agree with your thoughts on photography and the images you photographed and why, for they were very much my own. I enjoy black and white photography very much, and like you with your trains, I too have this desire to photograph old abandoned houses that to me represent a part of America's past. From seeing your work last night, and your interest in trains, I'm sure you can understand my "desire" to photograph these houses. After listening to your lecture, I am taking the same advice that Minor White gave you about your engines....keep on taking them until I get them out of my system. Again, I enjoyed the opportunity of being able to view your work and listen to your lecture.

Lillian Ovando

Submitted by: Lillian Ovando (lil_o591@mailexcite.com) 

Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 19:54:03 -0400

I love your artwork and would be quite pleased if three or four of your photos could be purchased by my band to use in our cd layout. Could you please give me a quote as to what this might cost, as well as a referance to a graphic designer would would assemble your photos in a manner that would do them justice. Thank you for your time.

Submitted by: Ryan (aubin@aztec-net.com) 

Date: Wed, 9 Sep 1998 14:44:04 -0400

I wish you could pay a working visit to the hydroelectric plant on the connecticut river at Vernon (within spitting distance of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant). It may well be the oldest hydroelectric facility still in use. Beautiful machinery and building. Building surprisingly small scale for this age, when expectations around power and technology run to the gigantic.

From: Lisa Chase 

Date: Mon, 31 Aug 1998 16:23:35 -0400

GREAT IMAGES AS ALWAYS! Hey, thanks for putting me on your mailing list. I've been following your every move. The latest from Putney School reminded me of this site and I thought I'd drop you a note to see if you're passing though NYC on your way up to Putney, Vermont. Let me know. It would be nice to sit down and say hello this time or next time soon.

From: Janet Beller 

Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 21:24:28 -0400

Mr. Plowden,

I was curious about what kind of equiptment you choose to take most of your photographs (format, brand, film, chemicals, paper, ect.). I was also wondering if you would suggest Yale as a top notch photography school or knew of a better school.

Thanks for your time, Heath R. Plumb

Submitted by: Heath Plumb (oberp@AOL.com) 

Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 10:16:36 -0400

Dear Mr. Plowden,

I am writing you to request the use of one of your photographs. My name is Lauren Cochran and I am a sophomore at Brown University. Several friends of mine from high school (in Bethesda, MD) and I are in a band and we're planning on self-releasing an album this fall (500 CDs). We had been looking for cover artwork and couldn't agree on anything until we found one of your gorgeous black and white images at the Blue Beetle gallery. I couldn't find its title, but the photograph is dark and smoky at a train station, with dark figures, a "NEWSTAND" sign and a brightly-lit clock in the foreground. We all fell in love with this photograph and would love to have it on our album cover (crediting you beneath the photo, of course)

Unfortunately, we would probably not be able to reimburse you financially as we are already losing hundreds of dollars printing these CDs. I have no idea if this is a completely absurd request to ask for use without even paying you (especially after having read about your accomplishments at the Yale gallery site, it seems that it is) but if you would consider granting us permission, we would greatly appreciate it. You can Email me at the address below, and even a simple "no" would be fine, so that we can know to start looking again. In any case, we think your work is amazing. Thanks for your time and consideration, Lauren W. Cochran

Submitted by: Lauren Cochran (Lauren_Cochran@Brown.edu) 

Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 22:34:10 -0400

Dear David,

Hello. My name is Wells Wilson, we met once in Vermont at my house in Putney at the top of Sunhill Road where you and your family stopped by several years ago. While we were walking you stopped to point out the horseshoe hung on a post behind the house on the way up to the barns that you had photographed when you were my age. I wanted to tell you that, several days after you left, inspired by our coversation, I too photographed that horseshoe. Since then we have left the farm for various reasons and I am pursuing photography here in New jersey but that photo means a lot to me and so did meeting you.

I stumbled across your webpage and have quite enjoyed it. Thanks for the inspiration and maybe I'll see you in Vermont sometime! Cheers, Wells

Submitted by: Wells P. Wilson (wells@wellspwilson.com) 

Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 16:51:43 -0400

Hello David,

I was pleasantly suprised to discover this website and overjoyed with the possibility of sending you an email. I understand that you live in the Chicago area. So do I. I live next to the Wrigley Building. I'm a website developer and still do photography. In fact, I'm planning a trip to China soon. Hope all is well with you.


Tom Royer, phone (312) 527-5333

From: Tom Royer 

Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 15:11:22 -0400

What more can I say about Mr. Plowden's work, beautiful! Why haven't heard of Mr. Plowden before? He sure catches the heart and grandeur of rural mid-america, as did Ansel Adams among other of the west.

From: James Kellar 

Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 00:33:33 -0400

i kind of walked into the end of a program on television last night and saw some incredible pictures. i got a warm feeling right in the center of my gut when i saw them and i just wanted to know if any prints are available for sale. i dont know much about photography, but i do know what it feels like to really know about something so i know the common onlooker can say very foolish things. i want to buy a camera after seeing your pictures. i hope thats not an insult either. i want to buy one of the steamlocomotive shots.... i have only seen one if there is more and i am interested in a book or a collection of shots. she is a very special girl and i think it really looks alot like her.

Submitted by: knute@net-link.net (knute judsen) 

Date: Sat, 6 Jun 1998 21:18:24 -0400

I am curious about Minor White, as he once knew a lost uncle of mine. Would you happen to have information on Minor White? My uncle, Thomas Kunichika, studied under him in the 1970's and has been missing from the family since 1985. I am asking on the off chance you may have heard of him, and also to learn a bit about Mr. White's work.

Thank you

Submitted by: tkunichika@msn.com (Tracy Kunichika) 

Date: Tue, 14 Apr 1998 11:07:48 -0400

I met you on GVSU's campus last year and was very impressed with your photography and the beautiful prose you wrote to go along with your photographs. I wanted to show your work to friends and family, but I've looked for your books in various bookstores in Michigan and have had no luck. I'm currently a poor college student and I can't afford to order or purchase your books. Where can I view your work? You also expressed interest in obtaining a copy of my humorous short piece ("Father Forgive Me") on Catholocism as a non-catholic young girl. You gave me your home address, so I can send you a copy if you're still interested. It was a pleasure meeting you. Thank you for taking the time to meet with aspiring writers.

-Tracey Stobbelaar-

Submitted by: stobbelt@river.it.gvsu.edu (Tracey Stobbelaar) 

Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 04:21:04 -0500 (EST)

Dear David,

As I was playing (surfing) with my PowerBook I ran over your pages with all of the photographs. I do really enjoyed to review it. I hope everything is fine with you. I am ok - late april I will go to Ireland for two weeks to continue my Connemara project. I have also put some of my Inishmaan work on Internet.Best wishes from Per

Submitted by: Per.Nilsson@foto.gu.se (Per L-B Nilsson) 

Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998 21:30:43 -0500

Hello David. You may remember me from a couple of years ago. I was a student of David Rathbun and was also in your Bauer documentary group. I was the one that got yelled at for getting to close to the window by the old man who owned the garage on the corner. That class was a wonderful learning experience for me and I miss photography dearly. My life took a wrong turn somewhere and I'm stuck working in my father's family business.

Anyway, I just wanted to say "Hello." I'd love to come visit you on your next trip to Grand Valley (whenever that may be) if that's okay? Tell David Rathbun I said "Hello" also.

Chad Jarrett

Submitted by: cjar@iserv.net (Chad Jarrett) 

Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 22:54:36 -0500 (EST)

David, I should have known that "the scribe" would find a place on the internet. What a wonderful collection of pictures and quotes. It should have been a video. Say hello to Sandra. Bob

Submitted by: rohardy@blue.weeg.uiowa.edu (Bob Hardy) 

Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 08:42:40 -0500

Dear David,

I have just completed a good two hours viewing and enjoying your photographs. I am 66 and live in Setauket, NY on Long Island. My wife is from South Dakota and I am from Kingston, NY. I have known many sights like these in my travels to her home in Aberdeen, where her parents still live. They are 93 and still taking care of themselves.

I have been totally immersed in what you have done. I believe my sensibilities to be very much like yours and I have thought much about what you have made your mission. Your clarity, precision, contrast, focus, and great spaces are incredibly enhanced by my monitor as each image unfolds. When it is at last visible, I sit back and enjoy it again and again. I am so glad I have found this sort of pleasure at my age. Thank you for reminding me of former views I may have had, but ones which need to be retrieved from my own dusty bins of memory. I will say more at another time about some of your work on a piece by piece basis, but I need to 1) eat breakfast and 2) do my income tax. I shall definitely return to your site. Thank you so much again for having a web site.

Levan Merrihew

Submitted by: LevanW@msn.com (Levan Merrihew) 

Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 21:51:14 -0500

Love the work!

I grew up in East Chicago/Hammond Ind. Spent two summers at Inland while in college. Have been photographing in Colorado for 18 years; the last five out on the eastern plains. What more can I say? I've got big machines and praries in my blood.

Submitted by: oconnell@amnix.com (Kevin O'Connell) 

Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 04:30:39 -0500

"You know how to see with a square format. It is your camera, stay with it." I do my best work in 35mm. I keep trying to make something happen in 4x5 and it doesn't. Maybe I should stop trying. Appriciate the "thought" Thank you.

Submitted by: cnolph@nwi.net (Bill Nolph) 

Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 07:28:54 -0500

It's good to see that there are still photographers out there that love black and white photography just as I do. I will always feel that black and white photography has a "class" that color will never have. Shutters away!!

Great work too I might add!

Michael J. Stebbins

Submitted by: balue92@airmail.net (Michael J. Stebbins) 

Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 18:04:36 -0500

very nice shot on B&W world. Why can't I find those? Cause I live in Florida, I guess and you're better than me. -myatt

Submitted by: myatt@myattphoto.com (myatt lipscomb) 

Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 16:39:54 -0500

Wow! I'm a student of B&W photography, and have become newly inspired after seeing your amazing photographs. I am still struggling to "see" differently than my usual style, and I hope one day to reach your level of expertise. I'd better get that Zone System figured out and quick!

Submitted by: nbueler@tse.com (Nancy Bueler) 

Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 20:49:22 -0500

I really enjoyed you book "Small Town America".

The photographs really convey the sense of place of the towns and I felt like I was actually there.


Submitted by: tomg61@ultranet.com (Tom Gallo) 

Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 00:19:12 -0500


I have just discoveted your web site, and your photographs. I am deeply moved by what I have seen. Your vision is inspiring as I too am involed in documenting my invironmet in photographs. Stumbling upon your work has reinvigorated me and inspired me to continue with the same sense of urgency that you too must feel. Thank-you for your work and vision.


Keith Schaeffer

Submitted by: klschaef@camasnet.com (Keith Schaeffer) 

Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 13:23:35 -0500

I think your your work is great, Can i purchase your images from you? If so what is your price. thanks

Submitted by: RL127688@msxscc.shell.com (Bob Linney) 

Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 11:46:57 -0500

That was a pleasant surprise to see some "classic" photos in the age of digital photography. Trying to "reconstrukt" some context by means a part of it brings great delight...

Submitted by: brancop4@hotmail.com (branco ponomariov) 

Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 05:04:37 -0500

Hello! Very nice photos!

I hav tried to scan my own photos to put them on the web, but I am not really satisfied with the image quality. They seem to be a bit dark and sometimes grayscales get distorted.

Perhaps you could help me. Your photos look extremely good. I scanned and saved the pictures in tiff format, then converted them in Microsoft Image Composer to jpeg with 25% compression. Do you do it another way? You could look at my results on: http://hem2.passagen.se/liljenb/gallery1_p1.html

Best regards, Ake Liljenberg

Submitted by: aake@home.se (Ake Liljenberg) 

Date: Sun, 8 Feb 1998 18:18:57 -0500

I enjoyed all of the photographs on your web page. The composition and lighting are fabulous. I spent a pleasurable hour this Sunday afternoon.

Thank you

Submitted by: tredhead@ocol.com (Tom Redhead) 

Date: Sun, 8 Feb 1998 01:44:46 -0500

Dear Mr Plowden,

I am currently doing a unit of photography at my school and one of assignments is to study a photographer who interests us. I was in this sight and I would be very grateful if you could send any information about your work that would help me. Thankyou. Chantal

Submitted by: chantz1@hotmail.com (Chantal Aboud) 

Date: Sat, 7 Feb 1998 18:01:08 -0500

I really liked your interview on NPR last week, but I really loved your photographs on this website. Any advice for a chained-to-a-desk administrator who would rather be making a living with a lens, a shutter and a light-tight box?

Submitted by: aniello@southwind.net (Tom Aniello) 

Date: Sat, 7 Feb 1998 00:01:48 -0500

Seeing your pictures only reinforces my opinion that photography is best displayed in black and white.....congratulations on fine work.

Submitted by: unklbil@csonline.net (Bill Briggs) 

Date: Fri, 6 Feb 1998 16:03:12 -0500

Hello David,

I am an editor for PDN (Photo District News), a magazine for professional photographers. After seeing your images on your website, I would love to get a hold of your portfolio and pitch a story to the other editors here. Please e-mail me at your earliest convenience.


Anthony LaSala 

Date: Mon, 2 Feb 1998 20:47:23 -0500

Hi, my name is Michael Taylor and I run an online photography gallery of black and white photos. I came across your site and really liked it and think your pictures would be great in the gallery. Please check out the gallery at http://www.bluebeetle.org and let me know if you are interested.


Submitted by: bluebeetle@bluebeetle.org (Michael Taylor) 

Date: Mon, 19 Jan 1998 21:49:08 -0500

Your Photography is what I strive to accomplish. Thankyou for making your photos available via the net for all us wanna be Photographers!!

God Bless!


Submitted by: (Trudy) 

Date: Thu, 15 Jan 1998 16:49:29 -0500

Mr. Plowden -- I have enjoyed your photographs contained in the SBC corporate collection, and I have enjoyed your book Imprints immensely. Curiously, I tend to take urban landscapes (as an amateur) that look similar to your own compositions. Believe me, it is good to see someone who has been creating work similar to mine, because I still face the question "Why did you photograph THAT?" fairly often. I think you've shown me that I need no reasons understood by anyone but me.

I hope to own one of your pieces someday, hopefully the photo of the railway buildings appearing on the cover of Imprints.

I only wish all who started out in economics (as I did) could end up with your vision for things.

THANK YOU for very inspiring work.

AL Larson

Submitted by: alarson@corp.sbc.com (Alex Larson) 

Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 01:31:06 -0500

Dear David, I'd love to be in touch. Do you have an e-mail address. It sounds as though your work continues to be wonderful. Pats

Submitted by: pasch@coombs.anu.edu.au (Patsy Asch) 

Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 07:10:58 -0500

Dear David,

I have admired your work for many years and have in my collection quite a few of your books. I recently bought a copy of your retrospect "Imprints" and it is wonderful.

As a photographer, I have studied many books and photographs through the years. I am moved by the way you photograph a place that may have been photographed millions of times and give it a piercing perspective (i.e. NYC).

I have been photographing the ever changing landscape surrounding nuclear power plants for the past few years. It would mean a great deal to me to have someone as accomplished as yourself would review my work. Would you mind if I sent you a selection of my 8x10 contacts?

I am also very interested in purchasing one of your prints. How do I go about it? At this time, there are two that I am especially interested in - Phoebe Snow, 1964 and The Western House, 1992. There are so many that I like, it is hard to just mention two.


Tim Rice

1510 North St.

Phila., PA 19130

Submitted by: rice8x10@uscom.com (tim rice) 

Date: Mon, 22 Dec 1997 21:35:57 -0500

Hi David,

Wonderful work! Your site was listed on my web site, Black & White World (http://www.photogs.com/bwworld) in October. Starting next month I'll be doing a "Photo of the Month" feature, and I'd like to show one of your photos--either "Canadian Pacific Locomotige 5145 (dp11) or "Scooper" Unloading Grain (dp23)--on my home page.

B&W World is a popular, fast-growing guide to black and white photography on the web; it is about to undergo a major revamping. It will also be highlighted on Microsoft's Home Web User ezine during the week of January 21st. I would be honored to be able to use one of your photos for January as the inaugural Photo of the Month.

Please let me know if your are interested, and happy holidays!


Submitted by: mresnick@idt.net (Mason Resnick) 

Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 18:06:51 -0500

I have been a fan of yours for years and I'm really enjoying your site. I'd be very interested in the technical side of your work. I've just purchased a Hasselblad (I'm still in the intimidation phase). From the 'square format' comment above I'm asuming that you use one too. Do you do your own printing? Have you published anything that discusses your techniques?

Submitted by: JER@RMHCC.com (Jerry Robinson) 

Date: Sun, Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 14:25:50 -0500

I was so upset upon learning of your visit to the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo and that I missed my one opportunity to meet you. Many years ago, a friend showed me a book called "Floor of the Sky". It illustrated scenes from an America that once was. The images you captured were the way my heart sees them. I shall always be a passionate admirer of you work. Jim Stamos

Submitted by: stamos@acsu.Buffalo.EDU (Jim Stamos) 

23 Nov 1997 19:49:15 -0500


I would like to know if it is possible to get one of your prints. You once took a picture of my grandfather, Carsten Beck, of Culbertson, MT. The picture was in your book "Floor of the Sky." My grandfather passed away on friday, november 21. I would like to have a copy of the picture that you took of him if it is possible. Thank you very much

Jon Beck

Submitted by: c720573@showme.missouri.edu (Jon Beck) 

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 23:03:19 -0500

Hey Dave;

I would like to know why you have not taken any pictures of people that work on your house. It seems as though it would be somewhat interesting for those of us who work on your house all of the time. I think you should pay close attentin to the carpenters. They are probably the most interesting of all. Hey dave I finally found a way to talk to you. It is I your carpenter bud jim. Hope things are going well espically those salt water fishes, are they still living? Enough fun for now I have to go to bed. Jim.................

on your house.

Submitted by: avitro@msn.com (Jim Vitro) 

Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 18:31:58 -0500

Hi David:

I LOVE your pictures. I haven't come across pictures so beautiful in a long time. I especially like your train picture. Could you please enlighten me as to what sort of film you use?

Submitted by: aileen2@leland.stanford.edu (Aileen Lee) 

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 06:08:06 -0500 (EST)

I recently came across a copy of Mr. Plowden's latest book (a retrospective) and was quite disapppointed to note the absence of what is arguably his most evocative portrait--the railroad station at Canaan, Connecticut; a moribund junction in small town New England that once saw 20 trains per day. It captures all the elusive qualities Mr. Plowden discusses throughout this web site--I never tire of looking at it.

--Mark Kolodny

Chicago, Illinois

Submitted by: tetrahedron@hotmail.com (Mark Kolodny) 

Date: Sat, 25 Oct 1997 14:43:57 -0400

It was a distinct pleasure to meet you last Saturday and to talk to you briefly during the autographing session at the Book Stall. (I was the person from Kankakee who also asked you to autograph my copy of "Industrial Landscape." I am rather slowly working my way through "Imprints," savoring the photographs and the accompanying text ... as someone remarked at the bookstore during your presentation, the quality of reproduction is excellent (I would venture to say that the duotones are not merely excellent, but rather superb in quality). Of course, printed reproduction -- no matter how good -- cannot adequately convey the subtleties of the photograpic print. For that reason, I am looking forward to the arrival of the traveling exhibition at Columbia College in Chicago next summer. Thank you again for taking the time to chat last weekend; please extend thanks to Sandra, as well -- my wife and I had a very pleasant conversation with her while you were autographing books. I hope that at you will continue to photograph the effects of "the hand of man on America" -- we need your clear vision and high photographic standards. Regards,


Submitted by: gklasey@bgu.edu (jack klasey) 

Date: Sat, 25 Oct 1997 06:08:01 -0400

Is that the boatman, Charon, taking us there? Into hell. How do you stop it, how do you quiet the energy, the heat, the force? Force arrested. Hold on. And then Virgil, reason and light leading us to Heaven, or at least Iowa. The only thing uncontrolled is Carla Sleeper's hair.The only wildness is the impatience in the children's eyes. Focused tranquility. The tranquil eruption of a grain elevator. My mother was born in Brooklyn, Iowa. I want to thank you for helping with that place, with the ordinary orderliness of it.

Submitted by: jimryder12@aol.com (Jim Ryder) 

Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 21:01:33 -0400

Hey David, I just wanted to say that I took a look at this web site... I like it a lot... Thanks for telling me about it. I'm in David Rathbun's class, by the way, and I went to talk to you with Kelly and Laura. I am looking forward to working with you in November

Submitted by: DBatzer@aol.com (Jim Batzer) 

Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 00:15:56 -0400

I just saw your retrospective book and was reminded of how much I like your Small Town America Shots. The grass and silo with train shot is also really nice. Right now I'm working with a 3x4 Graphlex in B & W.- Old houses etc. Also using 6x7 fujica to shoot rodeos.

Submitted by: rgalindo@castle.cudenver.edu (Rene Galindo) 

Date: Wed, 15 Oct 1997 21:13:43 -0400

I stumbled upon your home page and was immediately struck by the images that I saw. So many of your prints are what I see in my mind's eye, but I lack the skill in capturing it on film. I'm just beginning and can only aspire to what you've already accomplished. Thanks for helping me on my journey.

Submitted by: cscharf@tomsawyer.com (Caroline) 

Date: Mon, 13 Oct 1997 15:25:40 -0400

I enjoyed your photographs a great deal! Photography is a fairly serious part of my life also. Do you sell or trade prints. If so I would like to have prices, sizes etc. I do B & W also and I have one photograph of a steam engine's firebox which I think turned out well. If you would like to see the image, let me know and I will send a jpeg.


Larry Covalciuc

Submitted by: mrhifi@radiks.net (Larry Covalciuc) 

Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 12:18:48 -0400

How/where can I buy prints? And, how/where can I buy a signed copy of the new book? Thanks, Jack Benvent, 308-B Saint Nicholas Avenue, Haworth, NJ 07641

Submitted by: JBenvent@aol.com (Jack Benvent) 

Date: Mon, 6 Oct 1997 02:49:00 -0400

Dear David Plowden,

I just had to express my feelings of admiration for your stunning Portfolio, it will act as an inspiration and a reference for technical quality and aesthetic excellence.


Alan Morton

(My own Black and White Web Site; http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~alanju/Alan.htm)

Submitted by: alanju@ihug.co.nz (Alan Morton) 

Date: Thu, 2 Oct 1997 06:34:05 -0400

I love your images. I've been in Bangkok for the past four months with my cameras, but I left all my books of the works of the great photographers back in Philadelphia. I realize now what a mistake that was; how much a product I am of Evans and White and Robert Frank and Michael Kenna and Brassai and all of the others I view again and again and again. Visiting your site reminded me of this and showed me how important it is to keep the masters and the less-than- masterful always in mind. I never studied with any of those people but I have studied their images and find that I need them with me.

Thanks again for a most wonderful site. I'd love to know the technical aspects of your craft, too. If others would as well perhaps you'd consider adding some of your own philosophy on technique in the near future.


Submitted by: oibfm@chulkn.car.chula.ac.th (Bruce Feldman) 

Date: Wed, 1 Oct 1997 13:37:05 -0400

I've just finished "Imprint" -- what an experience! It's made me wish that I'd started my personal photographic exploration of the engines and buildings years earlier. I grew up with much of what you're showing, and living in far west Texas for 17 years has only made it dearer to me. Thanks for a wonderful experience. I hope to attend the show in Chicago next summer. Will you be there?

Submitted by: dkdco@aol.com (Holly) 

Date: Sat, 21 Jun 1997 22:20:40 -0400

I have never seen A Sense of Place, but I have since discovered that our library will special order patron requests, thus I have taken out Small Town America several times, and am tracking down your previous works. I spend my free moments looking for disappearing diners, signs painted on brick buildings, and other vanishing scenes. I appreciate your vision. So much has already vanished. I am learning to shoot when I see things--they often disappear within days or weeks after I've photographed them. Do you have a bibliography of journal articles about you? I think I first heard of you in the old American Photo when A Sense of Place came out.

Submitted by: karlgustaf@aol.com (Karl Gustafson) 

Date: Sun, 8 Jun 1997 15:31:36 -0400

I was very pleased to find your work on the Web. I first saw your photographs reproduced in Bridges: The Spans of North America, but really became excited by what I was seeing when I found a copy of Industrial Landscape in a used book store. It spoke to me on two levels: photgraphically and personally. As a photographer who is working more and more in black and white, I aspire to produce work of a quality like that in your book; as a native of South Chicago (I grew up there in the 50s, when the mills were still operating full blast and the sky would turn red at night when they dumped slag at Wisconsin Steel a mile north of our house. I've also enjoyed seeing your work in a number of other books (Commonplaces, Small Town America, and The Hand of Man on America). Thanks for being a photographic inspiration to me. jack klasey

Submitted by: gklasey@bgu.edu (Jack Klasey) 

Date: Thu, 29 May 1997 18:36:42 -0400

Mr. Plowden's photographs are striking and irresistible. Why not use more of your space for the *.gifs and less for his comments?

Submitted by: connect2@h2net.net (David Conner) 

Date: Wed, 28 May 1997 10:27:26 -0400

Hi Dad, just thought I let you know I finally made it to the site! Daniel

Submitted by: dplowden@brattle.com (Daniel Plowden)

Date: Thu, 24 Apr 1997 02:04:25 -0400

Commenti ? Bravo, magico

Submitted by: (salvatore) 

Date: Sat, 19 Apr 1997 02:12:24 -0400

Splendid images! The first time I clicked on Part One, I saw a photograph of a dark hill on the left, a fence curving through from bottom right to top left, and sunny grass, perhaps bent by wind, on the right. I then clicked on Part 2. A minute later, I called a friend over and wanted to show her the first image, so I again clicked on Part 1. To my dismay, another photograph entirely came up. I searched the thumbnail images to see if I could find the first, but I couldn't. How disconcerting to not be able to see what one wants to see! Plowden's photos are so extraordinary, that their quality somewhat mollifies my anger. However, I feel this strategy for a web page - partly based on changes that are uncontrollable by the viewer/reader, is more appropriate to the realm of commercial sites, with which, I, for one, have nothing to do. Could you please send me instructions as to how to find that particular photograph again? Thanks.

Submitted by: jablonko@mbox.vol.it (Allison Jablonko)

But that is the Magic of Fixing Shadows: a new picture each time you load the top page. We were inspired by Fellini! (jds)]

Date: Sat, 19 Apr 1997 00:02:47 -0400

David Plowden--for those of us intent on describing the unique and compelling nature of the American cultural vernacular and for those of us grounded in the photographic lessons learned from Walker Evans, it is certainly a pleasure to share this website with you. I honor your skillful committment to the tradition of American photography. All the Best BILL MATTICK

Submitted by: photoman@emf.net (Bill Mattick) 

Date: Fri, 18 Apr 1997 00:13:24 -0400


Finally found your page. Congratulations. Looks good. I'll call you one day soon. --David Haberstich

Submitted by: DavidH5994@aol.com (David Haberstich) 

Date: Fri, 18 Apr 1997 00:56:19 -0400

For David Sapir: elegantly done.

For David Plowden: eloquently done.

Submitted by: dnewman@onramp.net (David Newman)