Seeing the Light: Wilderness and Salvation - A Photographer's Tale

Seeing the Light: Wilderness and Salvation - A Photographer's Tale

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by Thomas Shroder, John Barry
     
 
Well known in the West, Clyde Butcher's successful landscape portraits of Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Badlands provided him with money and acclaim. But, in something of a midlife crisis, he moved to Florida's Gulf Coast—and lost himself in the Everglades. These stunning photos present a wonderful keepsake record of Butcher's time in this beautiful area.

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Well known in the West, Clyde Butcher's successful landscape portraits of Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Badlands provided him with money and acclaim. But, in something of a midlife crisis, he moved to Florida's Gulf Coast—and lost himself in the Everglades. These stunning photos present a wonderful keepsake record of Butcher's time in this beautiful area.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Clyde Blutcher is a landscape photographer with a fiercely independent streak and an extraordinary portfolio of Everglades images. Miami-based journalists Shroder and Barry find this artist as complex and as weathered as his subjects. Having written a book that is part biography and part ecological treatise, they let Blutcher's roaming life and lens re-create the story of a photographer driven to make perfect prints of some of America's wildest places. Beginning in the West, Blutcher sold his photographs at flea markets, sidewalk sales, and then through J.C. Penney. The horror of his son's death in a car crash and his subsequent move to Florida found the photographer camping in an abandoned shack in the Everglades. Blutcher discovered a Florida that is lonely and timeless: gathering light and layered with water, swamp, trees, and sky. The authors succeed in making the photographer's advocacy for preservation clear, but by limiting this book to fewer than two dozen of Blutcher's images, they force the text to carry this visual tale. Still, the book is recommended, especially for regional collections.-David Bryant, New Canaan P.L., Ct.
Booknews
Tells the story and presents the photographs of one Clyde Butcher, adventurous soul and rugged photographer who continues to capture the last remnants of the primeval wilderness of the Florida Everglades with a primitive wooden box camera. His exquisite b&w photographs complement the story of his life, jauntily recounted by two Miami Herald writers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Donna Seaman
Clyde Butcher's mystical and majestic black-and-white photographs of the Everglades are reason enough to own this book, but knowing his story and the truth about the seemingly eternal cypress swamp makes viewing his work all the more compelling. Shroder and Barry, both of the" Miami Herald", write about Butcher and the Everglades with deep sensitivity, respect, and even lyricism. In spite of his success as a photographer in California, financial security eluded Butcher, so he and his wife, Niki, and their two children, Jackie and Ted, moved to Florida. There tragedy struck. Ted, only 17, was killed in a horrific car crash. Niki went numb, while Butcher sought release by losing himself in the treacherous but otherworldly realm of the great cypress swamp, the only place big and pure enough to hold his immense grief. Butcher took along his 8-by-10 inch box camera and set out to document what he believed was a world free of the taint of humanity. In fact, the Everglades are in serious jeopardy. Butcher couldn't save his son, but, in a curious twist of fate, his photographs, made in the throes of despair, may help save the endangered Everglades.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679432821
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/31/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.42(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.66(d)

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Seeing the Light 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
photodiva More than 1 year ago
this is a dramatic biography of a great photographer that fell under my radar until i wanted to visit the everglades. the prose is a little over the top at times, but strong language is needed to compete with the fabulous photography. it's a must have for anyone traveling the everglades, anyone interested in photography and every american. the truth about the ecology of the everglades needs to sink in so everyone understands why this area needs protection. and so we dont' repeat those mistakes. wish it came in paperback.