Picturing America’s National Parks

Text by Jamie M. Allen.

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To celebrate the centennial of America's National Park Service, Picturing America's National Parks brings together some of the finest landscape photography in the history of the medium, from America's most magnificent and sacred environments. Photography has played an integral role in both the formation of the National Parks and in the depiction of America itself, through this natural resource. From Yosemite to the most recent 2013 addition of Pinnacles National Park in California, America's National Parks have been enjoyed through photographs for over 100 years. This book traces that history and delights readers with stunning photographs of the best American landscapes. An informative essay and commentary from curator Jamie M. Allen unfold the role of photography in promoting America's national heritage, land conservation and wildlife preservation. Featuring the historic work of masters such as Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, William Henry Jackson, Edward Weston and Minor White, as well as contemporary greats such as Lee Friedlander, Stephen Shore and Joel Sternfeld, this volume offers a powerful look at America's National Parks and pays homage to a practice that has defined the way we see America, particularly the American West.
The parks included are Acadia National Park (ME), Arches National Park (UT), Badlands National Park (SD), Big Bend National Park (TX), Bryce Canyon National Park (UT), Capital Reef National Park (UT), Canyonlands National Park (UT), Crater Lake National Park (OR), Death Valley National Park (CA and NV), Denali National Park (AK), Glacier National Park (MT), Glacier Bay National Monument (AK), Grand Canyon National Park (AZ), Grand Teton National Park (WY), Great Basin National Park (NV), Great Sand Dunes National Park (CO), Great Smoky Mountains National Park (NC and TN), Joshua Tree National Park (CA), Kenai Fjords National Park (AK), Mount Rainer National Park (WA), Olympic National Park (WA), Redwood National Park (CA), Rocky Mountain National Park (CO), Yellowstone National Park (WY), Yosemite National Park (CA) and Zion National Park (UT).

Format: Hardback
Number of pages: 128
Number of images: 120
Publication date: 2016-06-28
Measurements: 9.75 x 11.5 x 0.6 inches
ISBN: 9781597113564


You might be surprised by just how important a role photography played in constructing what America thinks of as national parks todaySmithsonian.com
This striking and comprehensive collection of images reinforces Wallace Stegner’s proclamation that the national parks were America’s best idea.Travel + Leisure
The book’s visual range is as broad and diverse as the parks themselves…Travel + Leisure

Text by Jamie M. Allen.

Jamie M. Allen is an associate curator in the department of photographs at George Eastman Museum. Allen’s current work at the Eastman Museum focuses on exhibition development.