Pinetop Perkins

Their Love of Music by Stephen Azzato

It is with great sadness that we learn of Pinetop Perkins death today at the young age of 97 years. He epitomized the cover of Stephen Azzato’s book Their Love of Music, for many reasons. But it was his gaze and graceful face which made me fall in love with the image and the man’s music. Sadly I only met him once and found him just like I expected, quiet, hospitable, and full of stories. And then I saw him take to the stage and he came to life in his music. It was a great night. Now his music will live on and be what we can pass on to our kids. Rest in Peace Pinetop.

Association of Partners for Public Lands awards…

Great Smoky Mountains National Park book


Quiet Light Publishing is pleased to announce another award for Richard Mack’s book Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Thirty Years of American Landscapes.

Last week the Association of Partners for Public Lands, which includes each National Park, National Forest Service, Fish & Game and many Historic Societies, announced the winners of the 2011 Media and Partnership Awards in Dallas. The awards highlight the new ways these organizations incorporate multi-media technology, partnerships, sustainability and education to expand the outreach to public lands visitors and enthusiasts. As stated in the release for the awards, “This year’s products and programs reflect the diversity of these special places, as well as the variety of visitors who come to know and love them. These efforts to engage the public help enable visitors to understand appreciate and care for America’s public lands.” 

Richard’s book Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Thirty Years of American Landscapes won in the category of Non-Partner Published works. This covers books from every national park released over the last two years. Here is what the judges had to say about the book, “What a great value for the price, a beautifully crafted book. This is a testament of dedication by those who saw the visions and made it happen.” 

In a recent article in the Chicago Suntimes, Steve Kemp, who wrote the Foreword and chapter introductions said of Richard’s work, “Richard has sensitivity for light that’s pretty rare. He can coax a richness out of landscapes and low light conditions that you don’t see other photographers experiment with. His photographs have an emotional depth that is superior to a lot of other work. It’s the best large format photography book we’ve ever been able to offer our visitors.”  

We also want to congratulate Steve, who is the Interpretive Products and Services Director Great Smoky Mountains Association, on the other five awards he and the Great Smoky Mountains Association won for their work! What an accomplishment.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Thirty Years of American Landscapes, ISBN# 9780975395424, can be purchased at your favorite book store, Great Smoky Mountains Association website or park stores, or directly at Quiet Light Publishing where all books are signed by Richard. 

Congratulations to all the winners at GSMA!

You can preview the book on the Quiet Light Publishing website.