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Everyday is hardly your everyday book of pictures.

Sure, the newly released work by retired Dallas architect Leonard Volk puts 60 years of his photography on striking display. But the tome is also full of insights and essays, all of which enhance the sometimes iconic and otherwise mundane images included here.

For every black-and-white of Paris?s Montmartre district (Montmartre Steps Down) or Spanish schoolchildren (In a Toledo Alley), there are vivid tales from Volk?s travels and words of encouragement to aspiring photographers. ( ?Stretch yourself,? Volk writes. ?Reach for satisfactions?only you can recognize.?)

The artist first fell for the camera as a young man, but it wasn?t until after his career as an architect that he became more interested in sharing his photos. Volk says he considers photography a passion and the book an exhibition, so it?s fitting that the book?s release coincides with a brief show of some of its photos at the Samuel Lynne Galleries.

The exhibition runs through September 1; Everyday ($60) is available for purchase on Volk?s website.

Finally, a beautiful book that?s meant for more than your coffee table.

Samuel Lynne Galleries, 1105 Dragon St., Dallas; 214-965-9027

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