Photography as Propaganda: Messages from the Wilderness

You’ve possibly already seen this video as it makes rounds on the blogs of several different photographers; please allow me to pile on! Photography as Propaganda is a current exhibition at the Atlanta, Georgia Lumière gallery and features works deploying the visual power of photography to communicate an understanding and appreciation of the great American wilderness. The exhibit includes the magnificent and legendary photography of Philip Hyde, Ansel Adams, Edna Bullock, Peter Essick, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Tom Murphy, Bradford Washburn, Edward Weston, and Brett Weston.

The short video below details the work of Philip Hyde, whose color photographic work in the American Southwest set the virtual stage for all other color Southwestern work that followed. Hyde’s influence is evident even in today’s most current Southwest photographs, even though many budding contemporary nature and landscape photographers remain unaware of his work and its impact on environmental conservation.

If you enjoy photographing the desert landscapes of the American Southwest, you owe it to yourself to check out Hyde’s 1987 book Drylands: The Deserts of North America. While you’re at it, check out Sierra Club: 100 Years of Protecting Nature, which details how the photographs of Hyde, Adams, and others were used to protect imperiled American landscapes. Enjoy the video!

Philip Hyde from Lumière on Vimeo.

You are visiting the blog of fine art landscape photographer Michael E. Gordon. For additional photos and information, please visit his official website.

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3 thoughts on “Photography as Propaganda: Messages from the Wilderness

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  2. Hi Michael, thank you for posting this new Philip Hyde video and your good words about Dad’s work. I appreciate the conservation that you do with your camera. Dad would be happy to see photographers like you carrying on. It is very important because as Dad and others of his generation pointed out, the “battles” have to be fought over and over to keep saving the land. Thank you also to those who watched the video here. Hopefully between this video and the good work of Michael and other photographers like him, each of you will be inspired to help protect your own favorite wild place or other cause with your own photography.

    • Hi David: THANKS so much for your kind words. My motivation for doing conservation work and my response are rather simple:

      “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” Ansel Adams

      The battles will never end…

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