1950s Morocco & American West Raw Scans & Black and White Prints

Vintage, Fine Art, black and white, Philip Hyde, Ardis Hyde, landscape, wilderness, Morocco, North Africa

Vintage, Fine Art, black and white, Philip Hyde, Ardis Hyde, landscape, wilderness, Morocco, North Africa

Morocco, North Africa, 1953. In 1950’s French Morocco, the Muslim people were friendly and welcoming to Americans. After all, the United States had recently liberated Northern Africa from Hitler. In June 1953, Ardis Hyde’s Father, Clinton King landed Philip Hyde a job as a draftsman with the engineering-architectural-construction conglomerate, PUSOM, that built U.S. Air Force Bases in Morocco. Clinton and Elsie King, and the Hydes received “red-carpet” treatment as they traveled to many parts of the country. After the bases were designed and Hyde’s drafting work ran out, he hired on as the “manager of photography” with an independent consulting firm that documented the completion of the construction at U. S. Military installations. The job consisted of checking up on the work of the one photographer already working. Hyde was wary of taking on this role, but the man was an excellent photographer, open to suggestions and respectful of Hyde’s training. The job paid for and required travel. It also gave Hyde the opportunity to make his own photographs. In July 1954, when the Hydes returned to California, Philip printed a selection of his best Morocco photographs for an exhibition at the Chicago Public Library. The images that follow are not high quality scans but give a sense of what Hyde found in Morocco. Eventually the silver prints will tour again and a new archival pigment print portfolio of the best Morocco work will be released. These images represent a departure from Hyde’s typical landscape work. However, what many people do not know is that he made people portraits and documentary photographs throughout his career. He also took architectural assignments to make ends meet for many years.

Man On Donkey Leading Camel, Safi, Morocco, North Africa
Vintage, Fine Art, black and white, Philip Hyde, Ardis Hyde, landscape, wilderness, Morocco, North Africa
Women Harvesting Grain Near Tiznit, Morocco, North Africa
Palace Ceiling, Marrakech, Morocco, North Africa
Man Of Meknes, Morocco, North Africa
Brass Shop With Display Of Trays, Rabat Medina, Morocco, North Africa
Riders Waiting To Ride In Fantasia, Settat, Morocco, North Africa
Glaoui Ksar, Tinerhir, Morocco, North Africa
Bab Berdane, Meknes, Morocco, North Africa
Poplar Trees, Field And Hills Of The Middle Atlas, Morocco Philip Hyde With Camera, Moroccan Boys, Middle Atlas, Morocco, North Africa
Mouth Of Little River Near Trinidad, North Coast, California, 1958.
Corn Lilies, North Cascades National Park, Washington, 1959.
Whirlpool Canyon, Echo Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Utah-Colorado, 1951.