After driving 60,000 miles in 20 months, Mike Klemme has put together a photographic essay of Oklahoma.
One of the hardest tasks, he said, was paring down the more than 20,000 images he shot to about 400 that are included in the coffee-table book.
‘That was quite an editing process,” said Klemme, who presented a copy of the book today to Gov. Brad Henry. The governor wrote the book’s foreword.
Klemme, a professional photographer from Enid, has spent the past 25 years photographing golf courses around the world.
His project, the Oklahoma Centennial Photographic Survey, is sanctioned by the Oklahoma Centennial Commission. The commission allocated $20,000 to the project.
The 280-page book has six sections documenting Oklahoma’s land, people, business and industry, the arts, communities and tourism, sports and recreation.
The native Oklahoman said he went to each of the state’s 77 counties.
“I’d give myself an assignment to go out and shoot something,” Klemme, 54, said. “On the way there I would find four or five things I didn’t know and on the way back I’d find four or five things. I’ve already made up a list of things for the next volume.”
The book sells for $59.95. A collectors edition with a leather slipcover and cover sells for $399.95.
More information is available at the Web site, celebratingoklahoma.com.
Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau