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Philip Hyde's Short Biography: The 20th Century's Lesser Known Master Landscape Photographer and Conservationist
Many people refer to Philip Hyde as the underappreciated master landscape photographer of the 20th Century. His photographs participated in more environmental campaigns than those of any other photographer. At the birth of the modern environmental movement, he was one of the primary illustrators of the groundbreaking Sierra Club Exhibit Format Series. He dedicated his life to defending Western American wilderness, working with the Wilderness Society, National Audubon and others. His color landscapes inspired a generation of photographers, while helping to establish color photography as a fine art. His photographs helped protect Dinosaur National Monument, the Grand Canyon, the Coast Redwoods, Point Reyes, King's Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, the North Cascades, Canyonlands, the Wind Rivers, Big Sur and many other National Parks and wilderness areas.
American Photo Magazine named Philip Hyde’s photograph, “Cathedral In The Desert, Glen Canyon, Utah, 1964” one of the top 100 photographs of the 20th century. Ansel Adams said that Philip Hyde was “one of the very best photographers of the natural scene in America.” Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Jack Dykinga said, “Philip Hyde inspired many of the ‘Who’s Who’ of Landscape Photography working today.” In Outdoor Photographer and many other magazines, Philip Hyde is referred to as "one of the all-time most influential landscape masters.”
Born and raised in San Francisco, Philip Hyde lived for 50 years in the house he built in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California with his late wife Ardis. At the California School of Fine Arts, now the San Francisco Art Institute, Philip Hyde studied under Ansel Adams, Minor White, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Lisette Model, Dorothea Lange and other definers of the medium. Philip Hyde’s work has appeared in more than 80 books and 100 major publications including The New York Times, Audubon, Life, National Geographic, Aperture, B&W Magazine, Fortune and Newsweek. His work has been exhibited in over 100 of North America's finest venues. Please see lists of exhibitions under "INFO". The North American Nature Photography Association honored him with a lifetime achievement award in 1996. He received the California Conservation Council’s Merit Award in 1962 and the Albert Bender Grant in 1956. In 2009, the International League of Conservation Photographers made Philip Hyde an honorary member.
After losing his eyesight in 2000, he relied on dreams for glimpses of the natural world he spent a lifetime defending. His son, David Leland Hyde, who walked many wilderness miles with his parents, continues to involve the historically significant photographs in conservation efforts. A portion of proceeds from fine art print sales goes toward environmental causes. David, whose articles have been nationally syndicated, is writing a memoir about his family and blogging about fine art landscape photography on Landscape Photography Blogger. Read more about Philip Hyde. Read the mission statement and more about Philip Hyde Photography.