David Leland Hyde is the son of Pioneer Fine Art Landscape Photographer Philip Hyde and self-taught naturalist Ardis Hyde, and the grandson of San Francisco painter Leland Hyde. Read David Leland Hyde’s Artist Statement and more about his new portfolio in the blog post, “David Leland Hyde Archival Prints Pre-Launch.” David Leland Hyde attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the School of Architecture, rated in the top five in the nation. He enjoyed the design courses, but found his major, City Planning, dry and much less creative than expected. David dropped out of college and failed in sales for a few years until he was broke and living in a motel free because he could not afford rent. At age 22, he met a marketing millionaire, who showed him how to make a six-figure income. After making a negative profit for nearly three years and going heavily into debt, David Hyde became an “overnight success” and company celebrity. He later left the sales industry to become a marketing consultant for small business owners. He also brought seminar speakers such as Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Bernie Seagal and Susan Jeffers to New Mexico.
David taught his own classes on aligning goals with life purpose and on the ancient Chinese book of wisdom called the I-Ching, the basis of Confucian and Taoist thought. In his 30’s he finally earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of New Mexico with a major he designed around Journalism, Creative Writing, Screenwriting and Playwrighting. While at UNM he covered the environmental beat for the Daily Lobo and had articles picked up by the AP Wire. The Daily Lobo, during David’s time, with the help of brilliant peers, jumped from below the top 50 to being listed by the AP Wire as one of the top 20 college newspapers in the United States. David’s second year Journalism professor, the publisher of Crosswinds Weekly, asked David to cover the music scene. In time this grew into writing the cover stories that were part investigation, part social activism, part science and part local business. One environmental feature article became nationally syndicated. David has written for American Forests Magazine, Outlook Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Earthwatch Magazine, New Mexico Naturally, Albuquerque Journal, The Venue, Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasa Tiempo, the San Francisco Chronicle, Santa Fe Sun, New Mexico Light, the Denver Post and other national publications. Currently, he is a contributing editor and feature writer for Outdoor Photographer magazine.
Philip Hyde gave David Leland Hyde a Pentax K1000 when he was about 10 years old. David has photographed his whole life since, off and on, but never diligently until 2009, though he did publish a number of photographs with his articles. In 2007, David began the immense project of bringing his father’s work into the digital age, talking to photographers every day, reading about photography, cataloging and selecting his father’s prints, negatives and transparencies. Being immersed in photography, he began to see potential photographs everywhere. In 2009, he bought a Nikon D90 to experiment with and had since made over 80,000 exposures. Though he owns over $100,000 worth of medium and large format cameras, he likes the basic Nikon digital camera and finds it more than adequate to make exquisite 20X30 prints.
In 2002, Ardis Hyde passed away at age 76, leaving Philip Hyde alone after losing his eyesight in 1999-2000. David moved back to his childhood home to help his Dad, who could no longer photograph and had thus lost the two loves of his life in short succession. David interviewed his father for a book and they ran Philip Hyde Photography together until 2005, when Philip Hyde passed the business on to his son. Philip passed on himself in 2006 at age 84. This blog is dedicated to the memory of Ardis and Philip Hyde.
For more on what motivates David Leland Hyde, why he writes and why he is in photography see the blog post, “I Would Apologize Too: A Letter To Mother Earth.”
To contact David Leland Hyde go to CONTACT or view David Leland Hyde’s new Archival Digital Prints Portfolio. To read a May 2010 interview of David by Richard Wong Click Here. See also Guy Tal’s September 2011 “Interview with David Leland Hyde.”