Plans are really coming together for our new Grand Canyon exhibition, Lasting Light, which opens in February 2009. Recently I sat down with collaborator Richard Jackson of Hance Partners, the Flagstaff studio that printed the stunning photographs included in the exhibition.
Mr. Jackson shared with me the background story of the exhibition, and his enthusiasm for the subject was evident.
Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography grew out of a conversation Mr. Jackson had with staff at the Grand Canyon Association. As a fine-art printer, Mr. Jackson has extensive experience working with landscape photographers, and thought that in addition to the images themselves, a bigger story could be told: that of the photographers themselves.
"Pictures are only part of the story," Mr. Jackson says. "The stories of the photographers are also amazing. Think of the dedication they have, the effort to go day after day, year after year, sometimes to the same place time after time just to find the right weather, the right conditions to take the picture that truly expresses the place. They're carrying 80-pound backpacks into the canyon, and then there is the artistry and skill to be able to communicate their vision to those who don't make the trek."
SITES is pleased to be able to bring these stories and the resulting photographs to the public through this new traveling exhibition. Stay tuned for more updates on Lasting Light!
Exhibition Project Director