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April 12th, 2013

Philip Hyde: Photographer, Conservationist, Artist

Posted By Christopher Robinson

Philip Hyde was one of the greatest pioneers of landscape photography in the US. His photographs transcend aesthetic beauty because his artistic vision was complemented by his deep connection to the environments he was photographing. He had an innate ability to see through the visual clutter and capture the essence of the place. I often quote Schopenhauer who said, “Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees.” When I look at Philip Hyde’s work, I think of that quotation.

This short video, narrated by his son David Leland Hyde, will give you a glimpse at Philip Hyde’s work and it gives some perspective on his role at the beginning of the nascent environmental movement in the US in the 20th century.


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  1. Monday Blog Blog: Tributes By Outdoor Photographer, QT Luong, G. Dan Mitchell And A New Grand Canyon Battle » Landscape Photography Blogger Says:

    […] Philip Hyde has had a long history of writing for, being written about and being interviewed for Outdoor Photographer Magazine. Recently, the Outdoor Photographer editor Christopher Brown wrote a tribute about Philip Hyde for the Outdoor Photographer Blog. Read the tribute here, “Philip Hyde: Photographer, Conservationist, Artist.” […]

  2. Kevin Schafer Says:

    Thanks to OP for posting this, and for David Hyde for putting it together. I was a huge fan of Philip Hyde when I first started and took a memorable week-long backpack trip with him in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. But what will always stay with me was his generosity. He offered to review my work, and I sent him some of my early pictures to which he made detailed and thoughtful comments. This began a correspondence that lasted for several years and helped shape me as a photographer. I miss him.

  3. Ron Niebrugge Says:

    Very well done and interesting – thanks for sharing!

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