Aliza Eliazarov ’95 (CAHNR) goes to great lengths to capture her stunning portraits of farm animals, even if it means lying in a chicken coop or waiting hours to capture a donkey’s soulful look. That’s just part of the job when you’re asked to create portraits for a U.S. Postal Service stamp series on heritage breeds. The author of “On the Farm: Heritage & Heralded Animal Breeds in Portraits & Stories” built a reputation shooting for many national magazines, including Modern Farmer. She visited small farms across the country and set up temporary studios in barns. She’d hang backdrops, set up lights, then wait quietly for her models to strike a pose. The stamp panel, released in May, features 10 farm animals, including the American Cream draft horse and the Wyandotte chicken. “It’s a great honor and privilege to be asked to make U.S. postal stamps,” she says. “It’s my nerdiest dream come true.”
By Grace Merritt
Photo by Aliza Eliazarov ’95 (CAHNR)
A new pane of USPS stamps features photos of pre-industrial farm breeds by Aliza Eliazarov.