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Taking Sides With the Sun
Landscape Photographer Herbert W. Gleason: a Biography

ISBN: 1935666967 Publisher: Nodin Pr Published: Jul 10 2017 Pages: 228 Weight: 1.18lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 6.50" Depth: 1.00" Language: English

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This is the story of Herbert Wendell Gleason, a clergyman turned photographer who has been unjustly relegated to the margins of history. Gleason abandoned a career as a Congregational minister in midlife and went on to become one of the most distinguished landscape photographers of his age. He took many photographs of Yosemite, Zion, and other parks for the National Park Service, and also worked up a large number of slide presentations on botanical and environmental subjects which he presented to civic and environmental groups throughout the country. But at the core of Gleason’s achievement lies a series of photographs he took over a period of nearly forty years that document the places Henry David Thoreau visited and referred to in his voluminous writings. Selections drawn from this body of work, commonly referred to as Gleason's Thoreau Country images, were published in several editions coupled with pertinent texts from Thoreau’s work. In recent times critics have begun to consider Gleason's work to be as important as that of his contemporaries Mathew Brady, Lewis Hine, and Jacob August Riis. Schwie follows Gleason's evolution from orthodox religious practice to a more modern approach to spirituality, and describes his photographic experiments in an era when dry plate technology was a new thing. Gleason's adventures in the Sierras with John Muir and his long association with Stephen Mather, the head of the National Park Service, also figure prominently in the narrative. But the spirit of Henry David Thoreau is often near at hand, and the book is generously seasoned with quotes from Thoreau's journals and books, and with photos Gleason took during numerous excursions to Thoreau Country.

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