Robert Glenn Ketchum: The Legacy of Wildness (signed edition)

The Photographs of Robert Glenn Ketchum

Authored by Robert Glenn Ketchum. Photographs by Robert Glenn Ketchum. With John Perlin. Foreword by Robert Redford.

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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 Club’s 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: Alaska’s 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. Ketchum’s 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 Ketchum’s environmental work. The Hudson River and the Highlands, The Tongass: Alaska’s V

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Format: Hardback
Publication date: 09-01-1993
Measurements: 0.7 inches
ISBN: 9781683951445

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“Robert Glenn Ketchum’s photography affirms his extraordinary awareness of the beauty and design of the natural world. I have come to realize the sense of space and depth in his photographs, and the ways that living things reach into the flesh or air and water and earth, like the tendrils of veins and nerves in our bodies. His photographs create a powerful sense of the pervasive aliveness of earth, and they immerse the viewer in that life; they bring on a sense of our own enjoyment in the world; they breathe.”–Richard Nelson, cultural anthropolist and author

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Authored by Robert Glenn Ketchum. Photographs by Robert Glenn Ketchum. With John Perlin. Foreword by Robert Redford.

Robert Glenn Ketchum was named one of the one hundred champions of conservation who shaped the environmental movement of the twentieth century by “Audubon,” “American Photo” listed him as one of the most important people in photography.

Robert Glenn Ketchum was named one of the one hundred champions of conservation who shaped the environmental movement of the twentieth century by “Audubon,” “American Photo” listed him as one of the most important people in photography.

John Perlin is the critically acclaimed author of A Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology (with Ken Butti).
Jean-Michel Cousteau is president of Ocean Futures Society, which is dedicated to communicating with the public on critical marine issues and helping to activate action partnerships amongst decision makers.
In addition to his work as an actor, director, and producer, Robert Redford has been a noted environmentalist since the early 1970s. His advocacy has covered a wide spectrum of environmental and conservation issues including involvement in the passage of many landmark pieces of environmental legislation, and the preservation of those protections in ensuing years. He has been a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council for twenty-six years.
Vicki Goldberg is one of the country’s leading photography critics. She is the author of “The Power of Photography: How Photography Changed Our Lives” and “Margaret Bourke-White: A Biography.” She writes frequently for the “New York Times” and “Vanity Fair.”
Sue Hostetler has traveled the world as a social documentary photographer capturing civil unrest and the delivery of medical aid to wartorn areas such as Rwanda, Chechnya, Azerbaijan, Guatemala, and Cuba. She now works as a photo editor. As well as conceiving and compiling “Oceans,” Sue orchestrated the benefit auctions in New York and San Francisco, which will support the NRDC, and that accompany the release of the book. She lives in New York City.

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