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Icelandic magic: One U.S. couple's excursions, on view at Photo L.A.

Icelandic magic: One U.S. couple's excursions, on view at Photo L.A.

Every couple of years, husband-and-wife photographers Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee pack up their Bucks County, Pa., photography lab into a 1978 Land Rover with a tent on the roof and send it in a shipping container to Iceland.

The rocky, open, dramatically lighted terrain has been an artistic inspiration for the couple, now in their 70s, on excursions since 2004. They spend eight weeks roaming the remote lagoons and farmlands as well as the rugged shorelines and small fishing villages, lugging their hulking, 8-by-20-inch and 8-by-10-inch-view cameras until something calls to them visually. Then they work side by side, each capturing the landscape in large-format,...

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