My earliest awareness of landscape photography and the environment came from experiencing the wonderful images found in the Sierra Club Exhibition Format series of books published during the 60’s and 70’s highlighting the American West. The first of those I found were Philip Hyde’s “Navajo Wildlands” and Eliot Porter’s “The Place No One Knew”. Both are collections of exquisite photography and deeply moving words.
Recently, an exhibition has been put together by the Lumiére Gallery in Atlanta featuring Philip Hyde’s work as well as others including Ansel Adams, Edna Bullock, Peter Essick, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Tom Murphy, Bradford Washburn, Edward Weston and Brett Weston. Below is a video highlighting Hyde’s work and narrated by his son David Leland Hyde whose blog “Landscape Photography Blogger” can be found in the links on the right.
What is so wonderful about these images is the purpose for which they were created. Beautiful as images alone, they also raised the awareness of the need to conserve that natural beauty which we are so fortunate to have and value in the United States and which must continue to be protected from the constant onslaught of “progress” and “manifest destiny”.