The Monumental Landscapes of
Clyde Butcher

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America the Beautiful
The Monumental Landscapes of Clyde Butcher

Clyde Butcher’s photographs celebrate the beauty of the American landscape, with a monumental size and extraordinary clarity that set them apart as exceptional works of art. Butcher continues the tradition of the nineteenth-century Hudson River school painters, composing his works at strikingly beautiful and untarnished locations across the United States.

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL includes 56 large-scale, black and white photographs of the American landscape, spanning beautiful sites across the United States, from the coast of Maine, to the Badlands, to Hawaii. His views include some of the same locations shot by the photographer Ansel Adams, demonstrating the unique light and clarity that Butcher’s artistic vision brings to those scenes. Butcher’s arresting compositions distinctly mark him as the foremost landscape photographer in America today. The beauty of Butcher’s photographs is further emphasized by the epic size of his works. The exceptional size of his compositions--the largest is 5 by 8.5 feet—allows the viewer to experience the beauty of the site from an almost first-hand perspective. Their large dimensions, combined with their strong sense of fluidity and movement, help his work transcend the static nature of the photographic medium.

Butcher’s unique technique enables him to capture a breathtaking amount of detail within his images. His true ingenuity lies within his method. He shoots with an 8 x 10 inch wooden large-format Deardorff view ­­­­camera from the 1940’s, creating an extraordinary depth of field through a synthesis of wide angled lenses and a small lens opening. His large negatives, combined with orange and blue filters and a longer-than-average exposure time—up to ten minutes—allow for clarity and incredible detail within his compositions. Although the locations he photographs are striking in and of themselves, his original approach purposefully accentuates their organic sense of movement and enduring monumentality, clearly distinguishing his scenes as impressive artistic works.

Butcher is known nationally as an avid conservationist who uses his art to help preserve America’s environment. His most recent projects include work for Rocky Mountain National Park, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, Wilderness Society, Everglades National Park and many other environmental organizations in the state of Florida where he lives. He has been honored by innumerable organizations, including the Sierra Club, which has given him the Ansel Adams Conservation Award, and Public Broadcasting in an award-winning half-hour documentary of his work.




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56 framed black and white Photographs, various sizes
56 image labels, 8.5” x 11”
9 interpretive panels, various sizes
Vinyl Quotes, to be produced by borrower
Vinyl Title, to be produced by borrower
2 America the Beautiful DVDs (two tracks avl, players provided by borrower)

Space req:

The exhibit requires approximately 415 linear feet. It may be alternately hung with all of the 26” x 30” images double hung (stacked above/below one another). The alternate hanging installation requires approximately 360 linear feet.

Security req:

The Exhibition must be displayed in a limited access gallery. An open mall, hallway, or lounge area is not acceptable. The exhibition area must be locked and secured during closing hours. Alarms and/or guards during closed hours are preferred but not required.

Publication: A book is available

Exhibition Fee: upon request

Lecturer: Clyde Butcher is available for a lecture, events and booksigning (contact PTE for more details)

Dates Available: Janaury 2014 - 2017

Contact: Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, 310 397 3098


The Monumental Landscapes of
Clyde Butcher

as of 05/25/21


September 15 - Janaury 31, 2015
Museum of the Rockies
Bozeman, MT


June 19 - August 15
Lake Charles City Hall
Lake Charles, LA

September 15-Janaury 2, 2016
Jones-Carter Gallery
Lake City, SC


June 6 - September 4
Lauren Rogers Museum of Art
Laurel, MS


September - December



All images copyright Clyde Butcher 2012