“WILDERNESS AND SUBLIMITY:
PHOTOGRAPHY AND CONSERVATION OF HELLS CANYON”
In 1964, Pacific Northwest Power was set to build a massive dam in the last remaining wild section of Hells Canyon's Snake River. Concerned Oregonians, Idahoans, including Photographer Boyd Norton, and many small groups banned together to protect this beautiful gorge. Far sighted people, including Wallowa County landowner and Supreme Court Justice, William O. Douglas,worked against the Federal Power Commission’s decision to allow the dam's construction.
“Holy s***, that’s in my state?” was the remark made by Senator Bob Packwood, after seeing the collection of photographs of the river and canyon, taken by Boyd Norton. Senator Packwood went on to gather bipartisan allies to support the protection of Hells Canyon. Fine art photography was the catalyst and they won.
On August 5, 2017, at the 7:00pm is the exhibit opening. Josephy Center for Arts and Culture is proud to present a collection of photography by Boyd Norton, Jason Yale, Amy Gulick, Terry Donnelly, Rick McEwan, Kendrick Moholt, and poems by Cam Scott. The exhibit will be open to the public through September 26, 2017. There will be a special “Live and Up Front” talk with Kendrick Moholt and Rick McEwan at 7:00pm on the 8th of August at the Josephy Center.
Boyd Norton is the author/photographer of 17 books, ranging in topics from African elephants to mountain gorillas, from Siberia’s Lake Baikal to the Serengeti ecosystem. In 2010, Outdoor Photography Magazine in Great Britain listed him as “One of the 40 most influential nature photographers from around the globe.”
Jason Yale is a full time outdoor educator and part-time nature photographer. He has spent the last ten years leading wilderness trips and directing wilderness education programs for youth in Wisconsin, California and Oregon.
Amy Gulick is an acclaimed nature photographer and writer, and a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Her images and stories have been featured in Outdoor Photographer, Audubon, Sierra, and other publications
Terry Donnelly is a fine art landscape photographer. “Whether working in the landscape or with people in the street, I believe a successful image will reveal a sense of truth about my subject; a sense of beauty found just beyond the reach of physical appearance.” Recently his personal street photographs explore the human condition as people engage in their daily lives.
Rick McEwan received a BFA in painting and printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute, and a MFA in Creative Arts Interdisciplinary from San Francisco State University. “My passion is photographing something familiar and having someone feel they are seeing it for the first time”
Kendrick Moholt received a BS in zoology and a MS in avian behavior. In the following years he traveled the world teaching, doing biological field research, and capturing images of wild creatures and places with film and digital photography.
Cameron Scott was recently awarded The Blue Light Book Award for his second book of poetry, The Book of Cold Mountain, and was a finalist in last year’s Mark Fischer Poetry Prize for his poem, “Mule Deer, White Tailed Deer.” The Book of Ocho, his first collection of poetry, was published through AGS Press as was his most recent book,The Root of Fishing.
This eclectic group of people all climbed into boats together to float the Snake River together and provide their individual perspectives on the wilds of Hells Canyon. Come to the Josephy Center for your own look at this beautiful collection of photography and words.