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SharpByCoop Photography • From Z-A

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3: In this book you may ask yourself: “Are these knives tools, weapons, or art?” The answer is simple: Yes. For thousands of years they have been one of the most powerful tools for humans to survive and protect themselves. Knives cut flesh effortlessly--it’s a stark fact. With their prominence they had also become a symbol of grandeur, and subsequently the artists took note in the designs. We are ever thankful. I have enjoyed photographing knives digitally since I started collecting in the late ‘90’s. In the comfort of my home, the Internet allowed me to view this new world. My love of the blade was enhanced with each formidable and attractive knife I saw. I joined in by entered knife photo contests, and ramped up my skills through online forums and dialog. I learned by watching, copying, and experimenting, a time-honored method of growth. As I write, I have surpassed 9000 completed images over the course of 12 years. Like all artists, I can see my style progressions throughout this time. Because the physical nature of knives are long and thin, they leave a lot of surrounding canvas in an image to show details, which otherwise would not be seen in one view. I've taken full advantage of this opportunity. One of my tools to support the beauty of these knives my use of many richly colored and lightly textured backgrounds, which are real--not digital. (A few exceptions I have allowed.) In the image, the knives are on the stage and the lighting and composition dominates the visual performance, without other props. I have worked hard at mastering how to show detailed insets, to look somehow plausible. And even if not realistic, the added dimensions supplant the viewer's sense of scale with a sense of awe. Of the many thousands of images to choose from for the book, I have narrowed the field down to two important facets: 1. Knives, which are especially distinctive. 2. Images, which are visually compelling. Fortunately I have included knives of every genre, so this book remains diverse. Something about each of these knives and images drew me to select them. The images range from 2005-to present in my portfolio. Why reverse order? The familiar intrigues us more, when it's different. Still, it frustrates me to leave so many of my favorite knives and astounding makers’ work, outside of these pages. I hope you will understand the difficult position I am in, by including some, but not all of my loyal clients work. The untold story: Each artist/craftsman/maker has thousands of hours of design and build experience to get to the point of exacting and appealing work. My work takes hours, yet theirs took many years. You will NOT find informative text on them in here. Each of these knives carries a lengthy individual story of its creation, which I cannot convey in one or two sentences. In fact I may do more harm than good. I leave it up to your senses as you peruse, to deliver the rewards of emotions these images will provide. I hope you will wish to share these with non-knife people, to show them what YOU love. Please do. Thanks for viewing! Jim Cooper – January 2014

67: Acknowledgements | I have been most fortunate in my career. Doors and opportunities have opened for me through seemingly inaccessible sources when I presented myself with humility and true desire. I have a lengthy list of people who have helped me further my own career, and they also are major contributors to our world: ** Every collector and viewer who has enjoyed the richness of these images, and has taken a moment to tell me so. They are also inspirational and supportive. ** Every maker whose knives I have had the opportunity of photographing, I am grateful to. “Superstar knives make ME look good!” What a privilege. I could not name them all here, that would be futile. ** Every Website Dealer, Show Organizer, Forum Owner, and Publication Editor has offered me opportunities to learn, to work, to display, and to grow. They have provided an endless positive involvement, which I cannot understate. I also wish to thank the other photographers in this unique field for their counsel, and their consistent inspirations. Below is a list in alphabetical order of people who have been especially instrumental in my professional career. This book is testimony of my attempts to meet their expectations. | Francis Anglade Ron Best Rob Blanton Kevin Casey Steve D’Lack Dr. David Darom Steven Dick Eric Eggley Dan Favano Greg Giovanelli | Don Guild Walt Halucha John Hanlon Don Hanson Walter Hoffman Carolyn Hughes Kevin Jones Alex Kanteres Joe Kertzman Jot Singh Khalsa | Phil Lobred Bethany Miller Keith Newman Lynn Olson Neil Ostroff Keith Ouye Les Robertson A.G. Russell Kevin Schlossberg Steve Shackleford | Finally, I am indebted to my family, and especially my beautiful wife Susan, who continues to be my most supportive fan, business partner, and trusted advisor. Anyone who has met her will agree. | Paul Shindler Josh Smith Rich Staebler Buddy Thomason Stephen Tunick Bruce Voyles Alex Whetsell Owen Wood Ed Wormser Mark Zalesky

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