Tamara Staples

May 2, 2013 - June 2, 2013

Araucana Large Fowl Cockerel
2009
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

Bearded Belgium Duccle Mille Fleur Bantam Cock
2010
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

Bearded Buff Frizzle Polish Bantam Hen
2008
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

Black Japanese Bantam Cock
2009
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

Black Langshan Cockerel
2009
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

Blue Ameraucana Large Fowl Cock
2010
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

Blue Cochin Bantam Pullet
2008
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

Blue Wheaton Old English Bantam Cock
2010
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

Buff Brahma Bantam Cock
2008
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

Buff Cochin Bantam Hen
2008
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

Cream Brabanter Bantam Cock
2009
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

Lemon Blue Modern Game Bantam Pullet
2008
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

Porcelain Belgian Bearded Duccle Bantam Pullet
2009
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

Red Naked Neck Large Fowl Cock
2010
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

Salmon Faverolles Bantam Cockerel
2010
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

Self Blue Belgian Bearded Danvers Cockerel
2009
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

Silver Duckwing Modern Game Large Fowl Hen
2010
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

White Crested Black Polish Bantam Cock
2010
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

White Leghorn Bantam Cock
2010
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

White Showgirl Bantam Cockerel
2009
Pigment Print
22x22"

Image © Tamara Staples

Tamara Staples

The Magnificent Chicken

In The Magnificent Chicken, photographer Tamara Staples celebrates the champions of the chicken world at their best. These stunning portraits capture the quirky personality and undeniable grace of these noble birds. This celebration of the wonder, peculiarity, and magnificence of championship chickens showcases astonishing breeds in glamorous photos.

Staples’ love of show chickens began at a poultry show in Georgia. She continued to photograph champion birds at various shows around the country for several years. It was the perfect blend of her two photographic passions: portraiture and still life. With backyard chicken-keeping and urban farming at an all-time high, the proudest of purebred poultry take center stage.

“Each breeder has spent years creating a work of art, where genetics is key. And each bird IS a work of art, from the amount of toes on each foot to the width of the wingspan, from the precise color to the exact weight. Judges carefully inspect every detail. But there is also something else: personality. Chickens can be haughty, angry, affectionate, shy, charming, sedate, or even funny. In this project, not only do I introduce these regal birds, bred to a standard that most will never match, but I also attempt to capture the individuality of each bird. Just like people, chickens are unique. Take a look into the eyes of these birds and judge for yourselves.”

Tamara Staples began her career as a stylist for print and television commercials while working on personal photography projects. In 2001, Staples published her first photography book The Fairest Fowl, Portraits of Championship Chickens. Her work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Time Out New York, The New York Times, O Magazine, New York Magazine, and Town and Country, among others. She is the recipient of a NYFA Grant and a
PDN self-promotion award. Recently, her work inspired a play that ran off-Broadway, entitled Still Life. Staples lives and works in New York City. Her second book of chicken portraits, The Magnificent Chicken, was published in
2013 by Chronicle Books.

This exhibition is sponsored by: