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Shooting from the Hip: Photographs and Essays

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In this heartfelt tribute to the spirit and people of Oklahoma, one of the state's most distinguished photojournalists shows that he is equally talented as a photographer and writer. Showcasing black-and-white photographs and fifty short essays, Shooting from the Hip portrays Oklahoma's people, animals, lifestyles, landscapes, and weather in all their diversity. Cowboys, k ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published May 15th 2011 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published March 2011)
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Kate Woods Walker
Displayed here are striking photos that illustrate an overprocessed, contrasty style much in vogue on newspaper front pages of the 1970s-80s, along with brief, sometimes poetic essays and autobiographical vignettes.

J. Don Cook, in Shooting from the Hip proves that even the worst newspaper in America can contain good journalism and moving photographs every now and then. His photos, collected from years with the Ada Evening News and the Daily Oklahoman (the aforementioned newspaper, as termed in a
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