Philp Hyde | Color Large Format Photography | Black And White Photography | Fine Art Photography | Environmental Art

American Photo Magazine named Philip Hyde’s photograph, “Cathedral In The Desert, Glen Canyon, 1964” one of the top 100 photographs of the 20th century.

The New York Times said Philip Hyde was, “The primary conservation photographer for the Sierra Club.” This came about through the ground breaking Sierra Club Exhibit Format Series, that reinvented the photography book in the 1950s and 1960s. Environmental leaders sent books in the Series to every member of Congress and other Washington leaders as part of various conservation campaigns to protect such wild places as Washington State’s North Cascades, The Big Sur Coast of California, The Grand Canyon, Canyonlands National Park, Florida’s Everglades, Redwood National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, The Tongass National Forest in Alaska, Denali National Park and many others. Philip Hyde contributed to more Sierra Club books than any other landscape photographer.

•Philip Hyde’s photographs also appeared in more environmental campaigns overall than those of any of the other famous photographers. Leading landscape photographers and others in the field have corroborated this statement, based on the number of projects. Philip Hyde’s noted photograph “Field of Stumps, Hetch Hetchy, 1955” appeared again in 2006 on PBS Television's Jim Lehrer News Hour in a segment about the ongoing Hetch Hetchy Valley controversy.

•In The Salt Lake City Tribune, New West Magazine and in a book and show nationally toured by the Smithsonian called Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography, Stephen Trimble said that Philip Hyde influenced a generation of landscape photographers and “...Hyde—even more than Eliot Porter—became our model for committing a career and a life to conservation through color photography.”

•Philip Hyde and Eliot Porter led in the establishment of color landscape photography as a fine art. Eliot Porter's In Wildness Is The Preservation of The World and Philip Hyde's Island In Time: The Point Reyes Peninsula and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring all were published in 1962. Island In Time contained both color, as well as black and white photographs. Philip Hyde was a master of both mediums.

•A 1989 article in Outdoor Photographer by Lewis Kemper also pointed out that Philip Hyde, more than any of the other famous photographers, used his images to protect wild places and inspired a generation of photographers to also do the same. On the cover of the October 1989 issue of Outdoor Photographer, Philip Hyde, Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter and Roger Tory Peterson were listed as the four most influential "Landscape Photography Masters."

•While attending “The California School of Fine Art”, now “The San Francisco Art Institute,” Philip Hyde and several of his classmates on a number of weekends slept on Edward Weston’s lawn in tents, eagerly anticipating meeting with Edward Weston to look at prints and go with him to photograph Pt. Lobos. Edward Weston was one of Philip Hyde’s primary mentors as well as Ansel Adams and Minor White.

•As friends of the Ansel Adams family, in 2006 Philip Hyde and David Leland Hyde appeared on The Outdoor Channel in a national special about Ansel Adams hosted by Mary Alinder.

*After photography school, Philip Hyde visited Virginia and Ansel Adams on occasion at their home in Carmel. They showed each other their latest work and discussed San Francisco Art Galleries, Sierra Club Trips, black and white photography and black and white photographers.

•Ansel Adams introduced Philip Hyde’s Mountain and Desert Portfolio to President Gerald Ford. Mr. Gerald Ford wrote Ansel Adams praising Philip Hyde. See the home page to read a quote from President Ford's letter that Ansel Adams passed on to Philip Hyde.

•Philip Hyde collaborated with conservation cult hero Edward Abbey, author of Desert Solitaire, The Monkey Wrench Gang and others to create the book Slickrock: The Canyon Country of Southeast Utahwhich was part of the Exhibit Format Series, aided in the expansion of Canyonlands National Park and is now a collector’s item.

•The book This Is Dinosaur with Wallace Stegner, David Brower, Philip Hyde, Martin Litton and others helped save Dinosaur National Monument from two dams and participated in a battle that many consider the birth of modern environmentalism.

•Philip Hyde’s photograph “Aspens, East Side Of The Sierra Nevada” appeared in Nancy Newhall and Ansel Adams’ book This Is the American Earth.”This book launched the Exhibit Format Series and popularized the large format photography book.

•Philip Hyde was the primary photographer in The Last Redwoods, which helped in the Sierra Club and Save The Redwoods League campaign to establish Redwood National Park, California.

•Philip Hyde was the illustrator of Island In Time: The Point Reyes Peninsula, instrumental in the conservation campaign to form Point Reyes National Seashore, California.

•Philip Hyde was the primary contributor to more than a dozen books and placed at least one photograph in more than 80 others. Please see the tab under INFO called "List of Books As Primary Photographer."

•Carr Clifton, stock photographer, fine art landscape photographer and master fine art digital print maker, is printing Archival Fine Art Digital Prints authorized by Philip Hyde. Philip Hyde signed a handful of the archival fine art digital prints that Carr Clifton made starting in 2001. Carr Clifton is known for his widely published images and participation in the Sierra Club books Wild By Law and Sierra Club: 100 Years of Protecting Nature. Philip Hyde was Carr Clifton's mentor, neighbor and friend.