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Lawrence Hill. To plan his book Davis researched the most significant coffee table landscape photography books. The idea for the book series began in with This Is Dinosaur: Echo Park Country and Its Magic Rivers , the first book published for an environmental cause with two chapters by Pulitzer-winning novelist and conservationists Wallace Stegner with photographs by journalist Martin Litton and my father Philip Hyde.
In the s, my father, Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter became the primary illustrators of the Sierra Club Exhibit Format Series that brought the beauty of America onto coffee tables around the world, helped advance the momentum of modern environmentalism, saved the Grand Canyon from dams and helped establish Redwood National Park, Everglades National Park, North Cascades National Park and many others.
Other Sierra Club leaders, including Ansel Adams, worried that the Sierra Club might go bankrupt if it continued to publish such extravagant volumes. David Brower was asked to resign for overspending on publishing and other endeavors deemed reckless by a slight majority of the Sierra Club Board. The books were downsized and all but discontinued.
Few volumes of similar quality were mass published until the digital era.
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Today, 20 years into the digital revolution, photographic reproduction and book production quality have both advanced dramatically since the s. With the right combination of participants, The Sacred Headwaters now shows it is possible to produce a book of similar quality to the classics in the genre from the s. Three of the nine lakes that form the headwaters lake chain of the Iskut River, principal tributary of the Stikine.
Wade Davis knew he could write a good text. He had done it before.
He had also made good photographs for National Geographic before too, but he knew that to make the strongest statement possible, he would be wise to obtain help. Most of these photographers are well known. They made a good number of high-quality images, but the project was still short on enough strong, cohesive photographs for a book, not to mention that it was heavy on wildlife and short on the giant, open and sweeping landscapes that characterize the Sacred Headwaters more than almost anywhere else on Earth.
He has been photographing nature for over 40 years. He was one of the primary photographers during the heyday of the Sierra Club Desk Calendars that helped to popularize nature photography.
Clifton is now one of the all-time most published landscape photographers. The viewer of these pages is awakened to new possibilities in beauty, beginning with the cover photograph. These images depict the proverbial land of plenty, perhaps the last of its scope on Earth. The way Clifton uses unusual camera angles shows more of the land and more of the sky when it is interesting.
Even in his Caribou image, he is not at their eye level, he is down at the height of their flanks… Wildlife is not my forte. I was looking for landscapes when I saw those Caribou. I thought to myself that I had to photograph them as part of the story, but they are not something I would have gone after because I do not believe in bothering wildlife just for my own sake to get pictures.
They are already pushed enough. Probably I crouched to hold the lens steady. It was a long lens. Sometimes I get down really low and close to the subject.
Otherwise, with a wide angle lens it looks like the object is down below the picture. When I get down low I can include more. I can get more of the sky and maybe something interesting in the foreground. With the Cotton Grass to show it properly you need to get close. If I shot it standing up, the grass heads would all be the same size.
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Wade Davis wrote that in the US only one river flows more than miles uncompromised by dams, whereas the rivers of the Sacred Headwaters all run free.
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