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.

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Desert Magazine ONLINE!

Desert MagazineDesert Magazine was a monthly regional publication based in Palm Desert, California (near Palm Springs) and ran from 1937 to 1985. This eclectic magazine focused on the desert country of the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico, and covered such subjects as travel, history, mining, geology, human interest, wildlife, river running, exploration, and prospecting. It ran many great historical stories, and did features on places that many of us still visit today. I have enjoyed a number of historic Desert Magazine back issues, and now, thanks to Scribd.com user “dm1937”, most if not all of the back issues have been scanned and are available online.

This is virtually mandatory viewing for photographers and explorers of the southwest, and especially for lovers of California’s vast deserts. Thank you, dm1937, for making these available!

UPDATE: 20 October 2010: reader John shared with me a new online magazine created in the same vein as the original Desert Magazine. Check it out: Dezert Magazine. Thanks, John!

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