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Like many photographers I enjoy viewing and learning from the work of others. About 10 years ago I came acrossBill Neill'sLandscape of The Spirit, and knew that I had found the work of a kindred spirit.
Over the years since I have frequently recommended this book to students and other photographers looking for inspiration, but regrettably it has been out of print for a while. Now, Bill has publishedLandscape of The Spiritin a downloadable Digital Edition for just $15. For not much more than the price of a lunch photographers can discover the work of one of America's premier fine art landscape photographers.
Below is an essay written by Bill as an introduction to the 1996 edition of the book. I am very pleased to announce that Bill has agreed to write additional essays for this site from time to time, and I look forward to them as eagerly as I know you will.
– Michael ReichmannJune, 2008
William Neill, an American photographer and resident of Yosemite National Park area since 1977, is a renowned nature and landscape photographer. Neill's award-winning photography has been widely published in books, magazines, calendars, posters, and his limited-edition prints have been collected and exhibited in museums and galleries nationally, including the Museum of Fine Art Boston, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Vernon Collection, and The Polaroid Collection. Neill has received the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography and is an emeritus member of Canon USA’s elite Explorers of Light. Neill's assignment and published credits include National Geographic, Smithsonian, Natural History, National Wildlife, Conde Nast Traveler, Gentlemen's Quarterly, Travel and Leisure, Wilderness, Sunset, Sierra and Outside magazines. Also, he writes a regular column, On Landscape, for Outdoor Photographer magazine. Feature articles about his work have appeared in Life, Camera and Darkroom, Outdoor Photographer and Communication Arts, from whom he has also received five Awards of Excellence. His corporate clients have included Sony Japan, Bayer Corporation, Canon USA, Nike, Nikon, The Nature Company, Hewlett Packard, 3M, Freidrick Grohe, Neutrogena, Sony Music/Classical, University of Cincinnati, Mirabaud, Bear Sterns and UBS Global Asset Management. He is the photographic author of many books including The Sense of Wonder,The Tree, By Nature's Design, The Color of Nature and Traces of Time. A portfolio of his Yosemite photographs has been published Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness and a retrospective monograph of his landscape photography entitled Landscapes Of The Spirit.