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The Legacy of Wildness: The Photographs of Robert Glenn Ketchum Robert Glenn Ketchum

The Legacy of Wildness: The Photographs of Robert Glenn Ketchum

Robert Glenn Ketchum

Published September 1st 1993
ISBN : 9780893814984
Hardcover
119 pages
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The Legacy of Wildness: The Photographs of Robert Glenn Ketchum is the first major retrospective of a world-renowned landscape photographer whose artistry is equalled only by his commitment to the environment. To activist photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum, art and advocacy go hand in hand. Whether depicting the rugged grandeur of the American countryside or the mournful beauty of virgin wilderness violated by progress, his landscapes reject sentimentality. Instead, they document his deep respect and compassion for our irreplaceable natural resources. Ketchum was the only United States artist selected for a one-man exhibition at the UNCED Earth Summit in Rio. He has received the United Nations Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award for his photographs of deforestation, pollution, and mismanagement of public lands. Honored with the Sierra Clubs coveted Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, he currently serves as the Curator of Photography for the National Parks Foundation in Washington, D.C. His book The Tongass: Alaskas Vanishing Rain Forest was instrumental in educating government officials and the public about the environmental degradation of the Alaskan rain forest and helped enact the Timber Reform Act. Ketchums experience of landscape as environment - both in the ecological sense and as the aggregate of circumstances and conditions that confront the outdoor photographer - is as varied and unique as his titles suggest. His first series, Twilight, begun in 1972, deals with cliche subjects such as fall foliage and scenic views. Here, Ketchum introduces a new hierarchy where pure color is the subject of the image. Winters: 1970-1980 consists of black-and-whitephotographs of white-on-white environments. The images are vaporous, ghostly and haiku-like. Order from Chaos, large-size photographs in overwhelmingly brilliant colors, marks the beginning of Ketchums environmental work. The Hudson River and the Highlands, The Tongass: Alaskas V