After Tamara Staples’ uncle took her to a poultry show twenty years ago she developed a fascination with chickens that led her to begin photographing them in an attempt to capture their beauty and personalities.
Her first book, The Fairest Fowl: Portraits of Championship Chickens, was published in 2001 and her second book of chicken portraits, The Magnificent Chicken: Portraits of the Fairest Fowl, from which the photographs below are taken, was published in the spring of 2013.
Tamara says, “My intent in photographing these birds was to create a portrait. I have great respect for their profound history, the utilitarian aspect of their physiology, and the care and passion that goes into the breeding of each variety.”
You can see more of Tamara’s work over on her website Pretty Chicken.