I'm hoping someone can suggest 1) the name of the photographer, and 2) the name of the book. I'm afraid my description is pretty vague as I saw the book a long time ago and memory is a slippery thing.
Things I'm pretty sure about:
- The book contained only black and white photos
- The majority were taken in a forest, showing trees, glades, rocky banks etc. Beautifully (naturally) Lit. They weren't grand landscapes in the style of Ansel Adams's better known work, but much smaller scale - intimate, beautifully composed vignettes.
- There were some photos taken of a log cabin or wooden building.
- The photographer was American and the photos were taken in America.
Things I'm uncertain about (these might be red herrings):
- The photos were from a plate camera
- The photos were pre-1940, possibly 20s or before.
Things I'm by no means certain of:
- The photographers wife and daughter appeared in some photos (no it wasn't Callahan).
- Although the book contained pictures from a particular place, I have the impression it wasn't just one of many books of photos of his, but that this was the entirity of his work and that he was perhaps a gifted amateur.
I knew very little of photography / photographers back then, so it could be someone really well known who I haven't encountered since (but I now have a reasonable knowledge of photographers albeit with some pretty sizeable holes in) and I remember it putting me in the mind of Theroux/Walden, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't Weston (looked at a lot of his books and it wan't among them) and definitely wasn't either of the Adamses.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.