Grand Canyon rim shot. Photo by Liz Hymans

 

Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography

"The Grand Canyon taught me a way of seeing. How to see light and design."
—John Blaustein, Grand Canyon Photographer

Ellsworth Kolb, 1913. Photo by Emery Kolb. Courtesy Cline Library, Northern Arizona UniversityFor the Hopi, the Grand Canyon is the Sipapu, the hole in the earth from which all life emerged. To the 16th-century Spanish explorer Garcia Lopez de Cardenas, the first European to survey the area, it was the entrance to the seven Cities of Gold. Nearly 350 years later, the yet untamed canyon beckoned geologist and war veteran John Wesley Powell and his motley team of adventurers down the Green and Colorado Rivers. “I have [had] more excitement than a man deserves in a lifetime,” said one of Powell’s weary crew, who quit the expedition only three weeks into the journey. The Grand Canyon is wild and unforgiving. But it is also one of the most stunning landscapes on Earth—a place for recreation, reflection, and reverence.

SITES and the Grand Canyon Association present Lasting Light, a collection of 60 framed photographs of this unique natural wonder. Covering nearly 125 years of photographic history, the exhibition includes images of early photographers dangling from cables to get the perfect shot, their cumbersome camera equipment balanced precariously on their shoulders. More modern images are bold and dramatic, revealing the canyon’s capricious weather, its flora and fauna, waterfalls and wading pools, and awesome cliffs and rock formations.

Pondersa Pine, North Rim. Photo by Jack DykingaGrand Canyon National Park, 2,000 square miles of snaking river beds and sheer precipices, is a world like no other, where vibrant red rocks create a striking complement to the Western sky. “What you do is keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American should see,” Teddy Roosevelt once mused. Roosevelt, ever the naturalist, was just one of the canyon’s devotees. There are millions of others, including the 26 featured photographers who snaked through the gulches and across the mesas to capture these breathtaking images.

The results of their efforts are stunning images of the canyon, selected by photographers and art critics from Eastman Kodak, National Geographic, and other well-respected experts in the field. This exhibition is truly like going on vacation.

The exhibit is absolutely beautiful—one of my all-time favorites. Thank you for making it available for travel!
—The Kansas City Public Library, Missouri

We found the content of the labels very well-written and every-
one was so impressed with the photographs (alone) that they couldn't stop talking about them. An outstanding selection of photographs and very informative interpretive that provided information for a broad visitor demographic.
—Booth Western Art Museum, Georgia

Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography at the Durham Museum in Omaha, Nebraska

 

Exhibition specifications

Contents 60 framed color photographs, text and graphic panels with historic images, labels
Supplemental Companion book, educational and promotional resources
Participation Fee $5,000 per 10-week slot
Size 175-200 running feet, est.
Crates 6
Weight 1,425 pounds
Category Art
Security Moderate
Shipping Outgoing
SITES Contacts Ed Liskey (Scheduling), 202.633.3142
Kathrin Halpern (Content | Design), 202.633.3109
Tour Through January 2014- FULLY BOOKED
   
 
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Tour itinerary

Opening Closing Host Institution Status
01/10/2009- 04/05/2009 Phoenix Public Library, Phoenix, AZ Booked
04/25/2009- 07/19/2009 Teton County Library, Jackson, WY Booked
08/08/2009- 11/01/2009 Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA Booked
11/21/2009- 02/14/2010 Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO Booked
03/06/2010- 05/30/2010 William H. Laman Public Library, North Little Rock, AR Booked
06/19/2010- 09/12/2010 Durham Museum, Omaha, NE Booked
10/02/2010- 01/02/2011 Dixon Historic Center, Dixon, IL Booked
01/22/2011- 04/17/2011 City Hall Art Gallery, Peoria, AZ Booked
05/07/2011- 07/31/2011 Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC Booked
08/20/2011- 11/13/2011 California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA Booked
12/03/2011- 02/23/2012 Littleton Historical Museum, Littleton, CO Booked
03/17/2012- 06/10/2012 Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX Booked
06/30/2012- 09/23/2012 Museum of History and Art, Ontario, CA Booked
10/13/2012- 01/06/2013
National Heritage Museum,
Lexington, MA
Booked
01/26/2013- 04/21/2013 Discovery Place, Texarkana Museums System, Texarkana, TX Booked

Extension

05/11/2013- 08/04/2013 Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, VA Booked
11/16/2013 01/26/2014 World Forestry Center, Portland, OR Booked
     
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Related publications

Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography, Northland Publishing. Hardcover.

One of the most photographed subjects on earth, the Grand Canyon continues to inspire awe, admiration, and frustration for those who attempt to capture its majesty with a camera. Reaching back 125 years into the photographic record of the Canyon, this book artfully explores the experiences of the earliest photographers as well as today's most exceptional artists through intriguing narrative and exceptional photography. (Amazon review)

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Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography book
 
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Press release

Spectacular Grand Canyon Photography Explored in New Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition

September 23, 2008

Media only:   Lindsey Koren (202) 633-3122
Media Web site: http://newsdesk.si.edu

The Grand Canyon is wild and unforgiving. But it is also one of the most stunning landscapes on Earth—a place for recreation, reflection and reverence. A new Smithsonian exhibition allows us to marvel at this natural wonder without camping equipment, emergency rations or rappelling ropes.

Featuring 60 color photographs, Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Grand Canyon Association. The exhibition will be on view at the Phoenix Public Library in Phoenix, Arizona, Jan. 10, 2009, through March 29, 2009, and will continue on a national tour through 2013.

Lasting Light reveals the dedication of those who have attempted to capture the Grand Canyon on film from the earliest days to modern times. Covering nearly 125 years of photographic history, the exhibition includes images of early photographers dangling from cables to get the perfect shot, their cumbersome camera equipment balanced precariously on their shoulders. More modern images are bold and dramatic, revealing the canyon’s capricious weather, its flora and fauna, waterfalls and wading pools, and awe-inspiring cliffs and rock formations. The stunning contemporary images were selected by representatives from Eastman Kodak’s Professional Photography Division and National Geographic.

Grand Canyon National Park, 2,000 square miles of snaking river beds and sheer rock walls, is a world like no other, where vibrant cliffs and flowing water create a striking complement to the Western sky. “What you do is keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American should see,” Teddy Roosevelt urged. Roosevelt, ever the naturalist, was just one of the canyon’s devotees. There are millions of others, including the 26 featured photographers of Lasting Light, who ran the river and climbed the rocks to capture these breathtaking images.
“The Grand Canyon taught me a way of seeing. How to see light and design,” said featured photographer John Blaustein. This and other intriguing narratives accompany the spectacular photographs, giving audiences the artists’ personal insight into the power of the Canyon.

The Grand Canyon Association is a non-profit, membership organization founded to support education, scientific research and other programs for the benefit of Grand Canyon National Park and its visitors. www.grandcanyon.org

 
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