Glen Canyon Institute Collaboration

December 5th, 2012 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

Philip Hyde Photography And Glen Canyon Institute Will Announce Collaborative Projects In 2013

(See the new Philip Hyde Gallery on the Glen Canyon Institute website home page.)

Cathedral In The Desert, Clear Creek Canyon, Glen Canyon, copyright 1964 by Philip Hyde. Made after the gates of Glen Canyon Dam were already closed and Lake Powell was filling. Named by American Photo Magazine one of the top 100 photographs of the 20th Century along with Flag Raising Over Iwo Jima, The Moonshot, VJ Day Sailor’s Kiss and others.

(See the photograph here large: “Cathedral In The Desert.”)

Philip Hyde Photography and Glen Canyon Institute staff are brainstorming, looking into and developing a number of projects to be announced in 2013. Potential projects include David Leland Hyde’s participation as a speaker in Glen Canyon Institute’s Roadshow when it travels to California in 2013, a new Cathedral In The Desert Poster, fundraising auctions, print sales, collaborative marketing and publicity and a number of other potential win-win adventures.

Recently Philip Hyde Photography granted to Glen Canyon Institute an internet licensing use for 29 of Philip Hyde’s photographs of Glen Canyon before Glen Canyon Dam and “Lake” Powell. Some of these photographs are not displayed anywhere else in the world, not even on the Philip Hyde Photography website. Glen Canyon Institute organized the Philip Hyde Glen Canyon photographs into a featured image gallery and displayed a link to this Philip Hyde photo gallery prominently on the Glen Canyon Institute home page. Glen Canyon Institute has gathered thousands of photographs on its website of Glen Canyon before it disappeared under “Lake” Powell and after it re-emerged in the last 10 years, including photographs by James Kay from his film and book Resurrection, which also contains a reproduction of Cathedral In The Desert next to James Kay’s contemporary photograph from the same ledge showing the newly emerged canyon oasis with it’s 60 foot high and one foot wide waterfall.

“The board was very impressed with your dad’s photo’s on our website – definitely some of the best we have…” –Eric Balkin, Programs Director, Glen Canyon Institute.

Richard Ingebretson of Salt Lake City founded Glen Canyon Institute with the help of environmentalist David Brower in 1996. For more on David Brower see the blog post, “David Brower: Photographer And Environmentalists 1.” The mission of Glen Canyon Institute is to restore Glen Canyon and the Colorado River. Currently focus is on the Fill Lake Mead First campaign. Both “Lake” Powell and “Lake” Mead have operated at less than half full capacity for over a decade. If “Lake” Powell were operated as a backup and remained for the most part empty, while “Lake” Mead were filled as full as possible, both Powell and Mead reservoirs would operate more efficiently, evaporate less water and more readily supply power and water to residents of the region. The Glen Canyon Institute Website explains some of the challenges:

The Colorado River Compact was based on flawed projections that seriously overestimated actual future river flow and seriously underestimated future water demand. As a result, growing demand, relentless drought, and climate change are creating a water deficit of almost 1 million acre-feet a year in the Colorado River system. Both Lake Powell and Lake Mead reservoirs are half empty, and scientists predict that they will probably never fill again. The water supply of more than 22 million people in the three Lower Basin states is in jeopardy. The region is also facing an environmental crisis. The ecological health of the Southwest is tied to the fate of the Colorado River. A century ago, the Colorado was one of the world’s wildest rivers. Its extraordinary variations in water flow, temperature, and sedimentation created a unique ecosystem that was once home to 16 endemic fish species — the largest percentage of any river system in North America. The construction of more than a dozen dams during the last century has critically damaged the integrity of the Colorado River. Hundreds of miles of canyon and countless archaeological sites have been flooded, and dozens of wildlife species have been endangered. Glen Canyon Dam is one of the largest contributors to these problems…

The Colorado River ecosystem is in fragile condition and greatly altered throughout the Grand Canyon due to the dams upstream, as is the remainder of the Colorado River drainage downstream. One of the West’s most mighty rivers no longer reaches its own delta at the Sea of Cortez or Gulf of California between Baja California, Mexico and Mainland Mexico.

From the founding of Glen Canyon Institute, Philip Hyde supported the non-profit organization with his photographs. Glen Canyon Institute is largely responsible for the wide distribution of the iconic Philip Hyde photograph of Cathedral In The Desert that since its making in 1964 has become a symbol of the loss of Glen Canyon.

Glen Canyon Institute staff made Cathedral In The Desert into a popular poster that helped raise operating funds for its campaigns from 1996 on. We hope to make a new poster, possibly in conjunction with American Photo Magazine, which named Cathedral In The Desert one of the top 100 photographs of the 20th Century in it’s December 1999 issue on recommendation by David Brower, just as other prominent citizens and celebrities chose the other 99 of the top 100 photographs of the Century.

For more about how reservoirs are being drained, rivers reclaimed and dams removed in a global grassroots movement to restore the arteries of life on Earth, see the blog post, “A River Will Run Through It.” For more background on the devastation and damage to wilderness by dams see the blog post, “Glen Canyon Lament By Philip Hyde 1.” For more on the photography of Glen Canyon by Philip Hyde see the blog posts, “Glen Canyon Portfolio 1,” “Glen Canyon Portfolio 2” and “Glen Canyon Portfolio 3.”

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  1. pj says:

    You know, the combination of your dad’s photography and your impassioned voice should make for a worthy and powerful contribution to this important cause.

    Good work David.

  2. PJ, I appreciate your vote of confidence. It is just silly to have two less than half-full reservoirs sitting there evaporating water when what America and the Southwest needs is Glen Canyon, not wasteful and less and less productive and less and less recreationally useful “Lake” Powell.

  3. Sharon says:

    Fantastic news, David!


  4. Thanks for the support, Sharon. I bought that book you recommended, “Goodbye to a River,” by John Graves about the Brazos River in Texas, by the way. I’ll let you know when I read it.

  5. Congratulations on the collaboration David. It is a fine collection in their Philip Hyde Gallery.

  6. I appreciate you taking a look at the unique gallery and voicing your support, Steve.

  7. Greg Russell says:

    This is really fantastic news, David. This is the kind of work we should all be doing with our photography, although I know sometimes it can be difficult. After all, great landscape photography will not only “wow” the viewer, it will change the way they look at the world. This is what we need now.

    Beautiful set of images of your Dad’s as well–I look forward to seeing how this develops in 2013!


  8. Greg, I like what you write about great landscape photography changing the way we look at the world. Hear here. Your interest and having my back means a lot to me.

  9. David, what great news. Your support of this organization is really meaningful.

    Although here in the PNW we do not have the same water conservation issues, we most certainly have our reclamation issues.

    The Columbia River, which passes not 5 miles away from my home, is an incredible river. It’s the fourth largest river in the US and has the greatest flow of any North American river draining into the Pacific. Its watershed is 240k+ square miles, draining seven US states and parts of BC. It also once held the relatively rare distinction of supporting all five species of ocean-run salmon.

    And, what should be a free-stone river has been converted, thanks to no fewer than 14 main stem hydroelectric damns, into a series of slow-running reservoirs. Not without benefit to humans, of course, but with devastating ecological consequences.

    Anyway, your post sent me on this tangent because I’m deeply passionate about the issues it addresses. Thanks for writing it, and particularly for your contributions to conservation.

  10. Hi Wesley, thank you for mentioning the Columbia River as an example of an over-dammed river. As I’m sure you know, many sensitive rivers are over-dammed in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere in North America, including Canada. In my blog post, “A River Will Run Through It,” mentioned at the end of the blog post above, I write about the world-wide grass roots dam removal movement, hydroelectric dam issues and talk about a number of rivers in Oregon, the politics of which you may be familiar. I didn’t know that the Columbia was originally a spawning run for five species of salmon. I appreciate your interest and knowledge about these conservation subjects.

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