Get the Picture? Valuable Lessons Quiet Light Learned

September 2010
by Linda Carlson

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This photograph of the Missouri River is one among many images included in Richard Mack’s first book, The Lewis & Clark Trail: American Landscapes. In the book, it’s in color.


Get the Picture? Valuable Lessons Quiet Light Learned

by Linda Carlson

Richard Mack chuckles about his career path to publishing being circuitous, but it’s easy to see how the past 30-some years have prepared him to create the high-quality coffee-table books offered at, among other places.

The proprietor of Quiet Light Publishing started off as a forestry major at Oregon State University, but, scared off by high unemployment in forest resources, he returned home to Illinois after a year and earned a degree in photography and advertising. Along the way, inspired by a grandfather who designed commercial buildings, he took some architectural courses. Before Mack established his own photography business, he did a stint with the Santa Fe Railway, which he describes as “mostly printing old train pictures for rail fans.”

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