Astonishing Breeds

‘Magnificent Chicken’: The Weirdest Birds From Tamara Staples (PHOTOS)

See shots of astonishing fowl from shots from Tamara Staples’s new book, ‘The Magnificent Chicken.’

Tamara Staples

Tamara Staples

Tamara Staples was a shy young woman with a camera when her Uncle Ron invited her to come with him to a chicken show. The Fancy, as chicken breeders call such gatherings, are the pinnacle events for breeders looking to show off their prize poultry. Staples, taken by the elevation of the common bird to runway supermodel, hatched an idea that day to return with her camera to another show and photograph what she’d seen. Twenty-some-odd years later she is still consumed by the birds and explores them in her new book, The Magnificent Chicken: Portraits of the Fairest Fowl.

In an era when chickens are celebrated in pop culture, hipster hot-sauce bottles, and backyard farming, Staples describes her project as unique in showing how chickens can be more than just food.

The bearded Belgium D’uccle Mille Fleur Bantam Cock, seen here through Staples’s camera lens, appears proud and aware.

To see a video of Staples with some real live chickens, click here!

Tamara Staples

 Bearded Buff Frizzle Polish Bantam Hen

Tamara Staples

Black Japanese Bantam Cock

Tamara Staples

White Leghorn Bantam Cock

Tamara Staples

Lemon Blue Modern Game Bantam Pullet

Tamara Staples

Cream Brabanter Bantam Cock

Tamara Staples

Self Blue Belgian Bearded D’anvers Cockerel

Tamara Staples

White Showgirl Bantam Cockerel

To see a video of Staples with some real live chickens, click here!