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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wild Beauty

wild beautyI’ve always been especially interested in historical landscape photography, not only for its ability to time-travel into the past, but because it always instills in me a sense of wonder about how places have transformed through time. In the book Wild Beauty: Photographs of The Columbia River Gorge, 1867-1957, almost 100 years of evolution in this grand Pacific Northwest canyon are revealed in images from some of the most prominent photographers of the time alongside snapshots from workers and tourists in the region. Beautiful landscapes, to be sure, but combined with images of man’s modern influence it becomes both a valuable historical record and an enchanting exploration of a place in a dynamic and changing era. Browse an online gallery of images at The Northwest Photography Archive, and while you’re there you can buy the book, a poster or even an archival print.

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