David Leland Hyde Bio

David Leland Hyde Below Royal Arch Near The Flatirons, Front Range, Rocky Mountains, Boulder, Colorado.

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.

David Leland Hyde Speaking At Mountain Light Gallery, Bishop, California.

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.”


  1. Topher J. Hansen says:

    Wow what a cool life. Sounds like a lot of fun and work. Thank you for bringing this all to the digital age. I really appreciate your writing and your father’s photography.

  2. Thank you, Topher. You are quite the inspiring poet-chef-tour-guide-bird-watcher-wild-man-teacher-artist yourself.

  3. Greg Russell says:

    I agree with Topher. This is a fantastic project you’ve undertaken, both in terms of scope, and aesthetics. Thank you for working so hard to share it with all of us!

    Greg Russell

  4. Thank you, Greg. Also appreciate your comments on the post “Toward a Sense of Place 1,” “Toward a Sense of Place 2,” and the discussion on “Toward a Sense of Place 3.” I appreciate your sensibilities regarding wilderness and the American landscape.

  5. Todd Reasor says:


    Many blessings and thanks for your continued work and artistic awareness, Stay in touch and stop by when you are om Q.


  6. Thank you, Todd. Appreciate you stopping by the blog. I am blessed to know an artist, visionary, musician, traveler and renegade individualist like you. Happy trails…

  7. S Perry says:

    Wow, never knew your father was that amazing! Here i was in walking distance of them, and just never knew! I just finished looking at some of the portfolio on the site. I’m absolutely blown away! Mom told me of the website today when i told her i was doing a History project on Indian Valley.
    It’s also really good to see you! I’m sure it’s only been about 15 years since we’ve seen each other!!
    well, take care
    Sheila Perry

  8. Hi Sheila, Thank you for writing. It is great to hear from you. Yeah, Dad kept a pretty low profile in Plumas County and in general for that matter. He didn’t brag about how powerful his photographs were. He let the photographs do the talking. Those who never had a chance to see the photographs, never found out. I still keep a low profile in my home territory but am broadcasting stronger all the time everywhere else. Glad you appreciate the images now that you have seen more of them. Also, your project about Indian Valley sounds interesting. Many blessings.

  9. Susan Darcy says:

    Hey David,
    Your dad’s work is stunning and your present efforts more than commendable. His images deserve to be widely viewed and preserved, a huge task, but one I’m sure you are up to!

  10. Hi Susan, thank you for your support. I appreciate you reading my blog.

  11. Rose Masters says:

    Greetings, David. I met you a few months back at the Bishop Art Walk, where I was singing, and you were, if I recall correctly, enjoying — and attempting to share — the evening’s offerings of mojitos . I promised you I would drop into your dad’s show at the Rowell’s gallery, and so I did. It was breathtaking. I can tell that your father was a connoisseur of deserts — I share a similar love. Thank you for the recommendation and for the conversation. Please let me know if you bring another show over to the East Side.


  12. Hi Rose, I don’t remember anything from that night, just kidding. I didn’t have that much to drink. I was just cutting loose a wee bit because I had spent months working on the show and weeks matting and framing with a culmination in the hanging, which was a big job for a show with nearly 50 prints on the wall. Several things went wrong along the way and it ended up a bit stressful making sure it would go up in time. Putting a show up the day before the opening is cutting it close. Of course I remember you. What an amazing voice. I didn’t know they let people with your talent just hide out in small towns. Usually they get swept away to places like New York or Hollywood. Glad you saw the show and were impressed. I enjoyed meeting you too. Good luck with the singing.

  13. Scott Cornelison says:

    I have been an amatuer photographer since the late 1960’s. My hero’s have always been Eliot Porter and your father. Keep up the great work on this blog. It is a godsend. Thank you.

  14. Hi Scott, thank you. Having those two heroes will take you far in color landscape photography.

  15. Juri Brilts says:

    David- I knew you were quite creative based on your dad’s influence, and didn’t know your mom also influenced you on environmental issues. What an interestinmg life you have lived, and yet continue to break new ground. Your photos are great! Keep at it!

  16. Thank you Juri. I have enjoyed meeting you. I appreciate your support.

  17. Orv Cope says:

    David: I greatly appreciate your wonderful article “The Art of Vision”
    in the March issue of Outdoor Photography regarding the contemplative approach of you Father, Minor White, Ben Chinn and Stan Zrnich. Really nice writing and incredibly helpful.

  18. Glad you’ve shared how you felt about it, Orv, thanks.

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