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.