Glen Canyon: Images of a Lost World: Photographs and Recollections

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This is a powerful testament to the beauty and history that gave way to progress. Beginning at Hite, Utah, the site of an old pioneer camp, and following the course of the river through the canyon to Lees Ferry, this book leisurely takes in the sweeping views and labyrinthine side canyons that make the wondrous place that was Glen Canyon. The long 162-mile-long stretch of river through the canyon chronicles the natural history of southeastern Utah and the human history as well. Anasazi ruins and mining camps, ...

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Overview

This is a powerful testament to the beauty and history that gave way to progress. Beginning at Hite, Utah, the site of an old pioneer camp, and following the course of the river through the canyon to Lees Ferry, this book leisurely takes in the sweeping views and labyrinthine side canyons that make the wondrous place that was Glen Canyon. The long 162-mile-long stretch of river through the canyon chronicles the natural history of southeastern Utah and the human history as well. Anasazi ruins and mining camps, heron colonies and hanging gardens, reflecting pools and tapestry walls are here magnificently recalled. With his photographs, writings from diaries kept during his years on the river, and recollections, Tad Nichols takes us on a journey--no longer possible today--through the heart of canyon country. This book is what remains of one of the last great wilderness experiences.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Nichols photographed and studied Glen Canyon in southeastern Utah from 1950 through 1963, when it was flooded to create Lake Powell, and it is difficult to study this book without its becoming a visual obituary for that extraordinarily powerful, unforgiving, and unspoiled canyon. The volume's more than 160 black-and-white images demonstrate the enduring quality of duotone photographs in honoring a place. The photographer learned most of his technical skills from two masters, Eliot Porter and Ansel Adams, and his photographs are outstanding. They are printed very dark and show a superb control of light, shadow, and silhouette. The text comes from Nichols's journal entries (which correspond to many of the scenes depicted) and from other essays of appreciation. Since color is often mentioned some color images of this now-flooded canyon would have nicely complemented the text and broadened our understanding of what has been lost. Recommended.--David Bryant, New Canaan P.L.,CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890133323
  • Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,475,275
  • Product dimensions: 9.05 (w) x 10.56 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

As a photographer with a background in geology and anthropology, Tad Nichols (1911-2000) participated in scientific expeditions that led him from Mexico's Parícutin Volcano to the sand dunes of Africa. A student of Ansel Adams and Brett Weston, he combined artistry with scientific observation in a lifetime of adventure. His photographic work has been published in many books, scientific journals, and magazines.

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