“The earth is a magnificent piece of art… as a photographer, I am only sharing what I witness.”
The scale and extraordinary clarity of legendary photographer Clyde Butcher’s work sets it apart as exceptional. In the tradition of the nineteenth-century Hudson River School painters, Clyde composes his works at pristine and untarnished locations across the United States, creating arresting compositions that distinctly mark him as the foremost landscape photographer in America today.
Clyde has been called the next Ansel Adams by Popular Photography magazine, awarded as a humanitarian for acting for the betterment of his community, and recognized as a conservationist for bringing issues to the forefront of public consciousness through his art. His photography transcends political boundaries, challenging us to work together to protect natural places across the globe. His compelling images have garnered him numerous awards over the years, among them, the North American Photography Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, the Ansel Adams Award by the Sierra Club in 2000 and the Person of the Week presented by ABC News’ Peter Jennings in 1997.
Butcher’s journey began with a humble origin, born in Kansas City, Mo. in 1942, the only child to a sheet-metal worker. As a child, he spent most of his time drawing boat designs and crafting ship prototypes from scrap metal.
Butcher graduated with a degree in architecture from California Polytechnic State University. It was then that he discovered his inability to draw architectural designs. To rectify this he taught himself photography, enabling him to photograph (rather than draw) his architectural models for presentations. Unable to afford a store-bought camera, he made himself a crude, but dependable pinhole camera.
Niki Vogel and Clyde married in 1963. He saw an Ansel Adams Photography exhibit at Yosemite National Park, and was so impressed by Adams’ work that he began to photograph landscapes in black and white. Clyde left the architecture field in 1970 and began exhibiting his black and white photographs at art festivals.
In 1971 Clyde established his second business, Eye Encounter, Inc., and began selling his photographs as wall decor to department stores such as Montgomery-Wards, J.C. Penny’s, and Sears. To enhance sales, he began to use color film, and also a 5″x7″ view camera. In addition to photographing landscapes in California, he also began to take pictures in Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Ohio, and Hawaii. Eye Encounter became a multi-million-dollar business, employing more than 200 workers. Though due to the stress of the business Clyde sold it in 1977. To regroup he then built a sailboat and trailered it across the country to Florida.
Clyde moved with his family to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and after a short while he longed for a slower pace and moved to Ft. Myers in 1980. Clyde then began selling his color photographs of the American West at Florida art festivals. After briefly looking around Florida and not seeing anything to photograph, he began producing manipulated photographs with an outer-space theme.
In 1983 Clyde began photographing Florida beaches, still using color film. It wasn’t until a visit to Tom Gaskin’s Cypress Knee Museum in 1984, a roadside attraction in central Florida, that Clyde was introduced to a new side of Florida. He states, after strolling on the boardwalk through a primeval cypress swamp, a whole new world was opened up for me”. He then met Oscar Thompson, a Florida native, who introduced Clyde to the interior” of the Big Cypress National Preserve and the Everglades by taking Clyde on his first walk in to the swamp. After his immersion in to the beauty he found so mysterious and primeval, Clyde was then inspired to take black and white photographs of the swamp.
In 1986, Clyde’s 17 year old son Ted was killed by a drunk driver. After which Clyde found solace in the wilderness of the Big Cypress National Preserve, where the mysterious, spiritual experience of being close to nature helped to restore his soul. Resolving to relinquish his ties to color photography, he destroyed his color work and vowed to use only black and white film. He purchased an 8″x10″ view camera and enlarger.
Although Butcher will always be identified with the Everglades, he is deeply committed to recording precious landscapes throughout the world. The beauty and importance of Butcher’s photography quickly earned him widespread recognition resulting in museum exhibits in the United States, an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Prague celebrating the new millennium, and a request by the United Nations to photograph the mountains of Cuba to celebrate The Year of the Mountains.
Butcher has completed six Public Broadcasting programs on the environment of Florida, three of them award-winning documentaries. Much of his work can be seen in his numerous books including; America the Beautiful, a table top collection of his work from across the United States, Big Cypress Swamp – The Western Everglades, Second Edition, which features images from the Big Cypress Swamp where he and Niki made a home for 16 years, and Celebrating America’s National Parks, Preserves, Monuments, Recreation Areas. Dedicated to the employees of the National Parks, this book showcases Clyde’s stunning black and white photographs of parks ranging from the mountains of Montana to the swamps in the Everglades.
Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve.
Shell Key. Florida Bay.
Ozello 5. Crystal River.
Florida Bay 3. Everglades National Park.
Seven Cabbage Cut. Homossassa Florida.
Gaskins Bay 7. Everglades National Park.
Painterly, moving, ethereal and beautiful. Leslie Sokolow is best known for her large scale abstract photographs of the physical world, most notably her dream like seascapes, though she began her career shooting celebrities and musicians. In the digital world, one might assume that she altered her dreamy images electronically. But, her images are captured exclusively with traditional film using a variety of medium format cameras and taking full advantage of natural light. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and ELLE Decor, among others, and can be found in many prominent private and public collections. She has developed a large following of high profile professionals, musicians, celebrities and film industry giants. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of museums including the Eastman Kodak Museum in Rochester, New York. She graduated from the University of Georgia and resides in Southern California and Bridgehampton, New York.
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Ocean Number Four.
Ocean Number Thirty Two.
Ocean Number Seven.
Ocean Number Twenty Three.
Ocean Number Sixteen.
Ocean Number Thirty Eight.
Ocean Number Eleven.
Claudia HENRIQUEZ-JOHNSON was born in Osorno, Chile in 1966. She moved to Valparaiso in 1985 and in 1987 began her studies in art. As a painter, her work was exhibited in Chile and received numerous prestigious awards. For the last twenty five years, she has focused on the medium of photography, capturing stunning land and seascape images that are often the inspiration behind her husband, renowned Chilean minimalist, Jose Basso’s serenely evocative landscape paintings. We are honored to be the first to bring Claudia’s captivating work to the United States.
Internationally-renowned and New York City and Toronto based photographer, DAVID DREBIN, is celebrated for creating spectacular shots of dazzling subjects, photographs that tell a tale, voyeuristic scenes and dream-like city and landscapes that evoke emotions, psychological perspectives and insightful reflections into the viewers’ own imagination and experiences. When asked “What do you do?”, Drebin says “I chase dreams.”
His work is often described as epic, spectacular, dramatic, cinematic, dreamy, imaginative, smart, sexy, elegant, and unexpected, appealing to new patrons of the arts and the most sophisticated of collectors.
A graduate of Parsons School for Design, David’s career began in commercial photography and he quickly made a name for himself advancing into the world of contemporary fine arts. His unique vision, distinctive depth and often passion or tension-filled images provide an infinite surface for the imagination.
Throughout his career, Drebin has worked with individuals, A-list celebrities and global powerhouse brands such as Mercedes, American Express, Adidas, The May Fair Hotel, MTV, Nike, Breil, Sony, Davidoff and most recently Italian luxury jeweler, Bulgari. He has contributed to top publications, among them, Vanity Fair, the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, GQ, VOGUE, ELLE, countless photography publications, Condé Nast Traveler, and National Geographic.
Sundown in Rome.
Balloons Over Paris.
Balloons Over San Francisco.
Paris at Night.
Internationally renowned photographer Michael Kahn’s stunning seascape and spectacular sailing photographs are exhibited in art galleries and museums throughout the world. Michael’s handmade photographs are each signed and created in limited editions. With his 1950’s camera, Michael travels extensively to photograph the world’s finest boats and pristine seascapes. He collects his images on traditional black and white film and produces luminous silver gelatin prints in his darkroom. His traditional technique united with his distinctive sense of form, vision, and composition has helped him to become one of the most memorable photographers of our time.
Born in 1960, Michael Kahn is a life-long resident of Chester County Pennsylvania. During his childhood, his family summered on the coasts of Maine and Topsail Island, North Carolina. This is where his love of the sea and sailing originated. After high school, Michael apprenticed in a portrait studio where they used Hasselblad cameras with a square 6x6 cm film format. Here, Michael received hands on training in film handling and black and white printmaking. Several years later, the owner of the studio changed the business model and became a commercial/advertising photographer. Michael stayed on as an assistant, learning skills in advertising, product and editorial photography. From there, Michael branched off on his own, shooting for magazines and other commercial clients. In 1990 he published a book of black and white photographs of the Brandywine River in Southeastern Pennsylvania. In the mid-90’s, Michael took his first sailing photograph of a small boat in the fog on a lake in the Adirondacks. This image launched his nautical photography career. Michael made the decision to stay with his film cameras instead of going with the new trends in digital equipment, and continues to make handmade photographs in his darkroom.
Michael Kahn's work has been exhibited in over 50 solo and group gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the United States, Switzerland, Scotland, France, Bahrain and Nepal. Books published on the work of Michael Kahn include Over the Dunes (2015), The Spirit of Sailing (2004), and Brandywine (1990).
Michael's work has appeared in countless publications, among them: Conde Nast Traveller, Elle Decor, Coastal Living, Forbes, Sailing Magazine, Photo Technik International (Germany), Classic Yacht, the New York Times, Town & Country, Architectural Digest, and many others.
Select Corporate Collections and Clients include: the Microsoft Corporation, Exxon, MGM Studios, Universal Pictures, MBNA Corporation, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Vanguard, Bain Capital, the American Board of Surgery, Lukens Steel.
The Downwind Leg. Antigua.
J Class Velsheda. Antigua.
J Class Rainbow. Antigua.
Bow of the Idem. Martha’s Vineyard.
Sails of Thendara.
Through the Marsh.
Over the Dunes.
Quansoo. Martha’s Vineyard.
Keeping Quiet. Martha’s Vineyard.
Jonah Allen’s work revolves around his interests in abstraction, environmentalism, color, geometry, landscape, and the power of water. Using aerial photography and both digital and analogue photographic techniques, he is able to explore different perspectives and challenge the viewer to look at water in a new way. On the surface, his images are based on the allure of water. Yet, on a deeper level, the images aim to inspire a deep respect for the Earth’s waterways.
“Ultimately, water is all we have. It facilitates our very existence. It is why we are here on this tiny blue planet. My hope is that my artwork will inspire people to not only appreciate our watercourses but also think about how we can make them last for future generations.” - Jonah Allen.
Flash back to a young boy on the beach, visiting the Gulf of Mexico in Seaside, Florida, on a family vacation. At age ten, he took his first surf lesson, and it changed the course of his life. He realized the transformative power of water and grew to become obsessed with the ways it flows and moves.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, Jonah Allen endured a sort of long-distance relationship with his love, the Gulf of Mexico, as a teenager. As a solution to his heartache over being five hours away, Allen began photographing the other bodies of water around him—lakes, streams, pools—to ease his withdrawal from the Gulf. Thankfully, his family often took trips back to the beach. “I spent countless hours in the emerald gulf, mesmerized by the energy within it,” Allen recalls. “With my camera, I could capture those fleeting moments and take them back to Georgia as memories. This ended up creating a division in me—I lived in Atlanta, but my true home was at the beach. That division lasted fifteen years until I finally decided it was time to leave Georgia.”
Following this life-changing decision, he worked for months to save the money for a round-the-world trip. With a little help from his father, who worked for Delta Air Lines, Allen took a leap of faith and set out on a yearlong journey to surf in different places and document the inspiring waters along the way. His photos tell stories from his adventures in Chile, Indonesia, Europe, Peru, and many more destinations. But it was always the Gulf of Mexico that called to him the most.
After Allen spent a year traveling the world, surfing the most incredible waves, and capturing the powerful waters of the earth in his photos, he finally moved full-time to the Gulf Coast of Florida. “Reflecting on the whole year abroad, I really saw how water connects us all, no matter where we are on the planet,” he says. “I gained many different perspectives on water, from the respect of the Hawaiians to the vitality of the ocean in Chile, the agricultural use in Indonesia, and the consequences of climate change in Peru. Something that emerged was the duality of water; it provides life just as easily as it can endanger it, and our usage influences this. All around the world, people are both using water sustainably and misusing it. This got me thinking, ‘What is happening to the water of Walton County and the Gulf of Mexico?’ So, I’ve been creating artwork around this idea and raising other questions: How are all the watercourses of the Gulf being influenced? What does water mean to the people around the Gulf? What draws people to the Gulf waters?”
Using aerial photography, Allen can explore different perspectives and challenge his viewers to look at water in new ways. He creates large-format art (four-by-six feet and larger) depicting views of the coastal dune lakes, the Gulf, and other waterways in Northwest Florida by piecing together several photos so that the finished project can show acres at a time. The results are stunning statement pieces.