Best Observer

Through his lens we see the sometimes subtle, sometimes glorious beauty of America.

from Reader's Digest Magazine | May 2004

Not since Ansel Adams turned his lens on the Snake River has a photographer so glorified the American landscape. Born in Poland in 1952, Jake Rajs arrived in New York eight years later on a ship from Israel, and fell in love with the city sunrise. “Like the land of magic,” he says. When he began taking photos, Rajs sought out places that sang to him. He visited the Snake River until the vista became an old friend. “Watching a sunrise,” Rajs says, “we open ourselves up to the beauty that nature creates, knowing it will never repeat itself just like this again.” In his book, These United States, Rajs has captured all the splendor, heroism and vastness of his adopted homeland.

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