Color Magazine Feature Out Now

January 4th, 2011 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

Cirios Silhouettes At Sundown, Baja California, Mexico, 1984 by Philip Hyde. This photograph appears on the title page of the March 2011, Issue 12 of Color Magazine, along with 14 other photographs in the feature article.

March Issue #12 Of Color Magazine Featuring Philip Hyde In Stores Now

At home I have three file safe drawers full of clippings of articles either by or about my father master landscape photographer Philip Hyde. The article files start in 1947 and keep going right past Dad’s passing in 2006, up to the present.

A recent issue of Outdoor Photographer contained a well-written feature about Point Reyes by Sean Arbabi that mentions Dad’s photography there, along with that of Ansel Adams, Brett Weston and other great landscape masters. The piece even mentioned that my father’s photographs helped to make Point Reyes a National Seashore. That was one of the better articles.

A few of the articles in my file safes about Dad are excellent. Some even from the very best magazines are riddled with inaccuracies and misconceptions. The majority are essentially mediocre in that they don’t dig very deep or say much that hasn’t been said before. The majority of writers just don’t make those one or two extra phone calls that turn the article into a multi-source story with more dimension. This is mainly because publishers don’t pay writers much for their submissions any more. With this backdrop, imagine the unfortunate freelance writer, David Best, also a photographer in his own right and known as Panoramaman, writing me and telling me he wants me to review his rough draft for his feature on Philip Hyde for Color Magazine.

Color Magazine is one of the most respected photography magazines today, especially for collectors of fine art photography, along with Black and White Magazine, both published by Ross Periodicals. All along Color Magazine planned to do a feature article on Philip Hyde, but they did not want it to follow too soon after their article on Eliot Porter.

David Best interviewed me over a year ago. I thought he asked excellent questions in the interview. It went very well. Then he sent me his article. I warned him I would beat him up on the details. To my pleasant surprise his draft did a wonderful job of capturing the essence of Dad’s love of nature, while also presenting the story of his landscape photography career in a quality, smooth-flowing narrative that showed a fine dexterity with words. I did beat him up to make sure the facts were straight. I’m not sure he was very happy about it, but I went on to also give a hard time to the friendly, conscientious editor John Lavine to get the facts correct too. He said David Best took it all in stride. Regardless, between David Best’s superlative prose and the layout and photograph selection by John Lavine, in my opinion the final article is one of the best ever written about Dad, which is saying a great deal considering there are 63 years of articles in my file drawers.

Do yourself a favor and go out to the bookstore or newsstand and grab your own copy of this excellent magazine. The current issue with Philip Hyde in it is Issue 12, March 2011. It will be on retail shelves through March, but I wouldn’t wait because every time I have gone to get Color Magazine it has been sold out.

For more on the history of color landscape photography and Philip Hyde’s role in it see also the blog post, “How Color Came To Landscape Photography.” To read how color landscape photography changed after 1990, see the blog post, “Did Velvia Film Change Landscape Photography?



  1. pj says:

    Sounds like fine article. From what I’ve seen, both magazines do quality work. Way to go making sure they toe the line as far as accuracy goes.

    I’ll have to venture out soon and find a copy for myself.

  2. Hi PJ, thank you for the comment. Color is an interesting magazine. Like Black and White Magazine, it is loaded with information on the industry and gives you a sense of what collectors are interested in these days.

  3. Thanks for the heads up David – I’ll pick up a copy asap, hopefully my local Barnes and Noble hasn’t sold out yet.

  4. Thank you for the comment, Robert. Both Color Magazine and Black and White Magazine have an out of the ordinary way of dating and displaying their magazines. For example, this Issue #12 of Color Magazine is dated March 2011, but came out in December 2010 and is supposedly displayed through March, but in my experience is usually gone by the date on the magazine because the retailers don’t carry a lot of copies.

  5. Steve Sieren says:

    Congratulations David! I look forward to reading article very soon.

  6. Thanks, Steve. Let me know what you think of it.

  7. Steve Sieren says:

    I don’t subscribe but I do flip through every issue for inspiration while at the book store. They closed my Borders but there’s still a Barnes & Noble. I’m sure it will be good but I’ll let you know anyway. I bought the Drylands book when it was $2 how did you get it to go up in price??

  8. Hi Steve, I like to take a copy home to refer to, but if you read a lot of magazines this can result in piles of them at home. I believe “Drylands” has gone up as a result of people seeing the work again and wanting to have that beautiful book. I don’t think “Drylands” has gone up too much. It is the only book of Dad’s you can still get a very good copy of for less than $15, which is ironic because it was the most expensive to begin with. All of the books are going up, especially “Slickrock” and “Range of Light.” Pristine copies of the first edition of “Slickrock” are often in the $200-300 range. I even saw one for $600 one time. If you see one under $50, grab it. Also the first edition Sierra Club paperback of “Slickrock” is supposedly very rare and highly collectible. If you see a copy of this buy it at any price or let me know you found it. I sometimes buy copies of the books too. “The Last Redwoods” first edition is another rare one. Be careful with “The Last Redwoods” because when the Sierra Club reissued it, the second edition had a different text and no photographs by Dad. The Amazon Marketplace is a near perfect free market where pricing goes up and down based on supply and demand. Before the Golden Decade exhibition you could still get a decent copy of Range of Light for less than $20. Now I notice the lowest one is $93. You have to watch Amazon though. Sometimes they list titles more than once. Try searching using various key words such as Dad’s name with the book name, partial book name, each separately, etc.

  9. Derrick says:

    1. love that image of the cactus silhouettes.

    2. I need to go find that mag!

  10. Thank you for the visit, Derrick. It is a worthwhile magazine and a good article. Let me know what you think of both.

  11. Richard Wong says:

    Sounds like a great feature, David. I’m not familiar with the magazine so I’ll look for it.

    I agree about the quality of magazine articles. Obviously most operate on the advertising sales business model but their content shouldn’t reflect that and should be written for their loyal readers not dummies. In an ideal world anyway.

    BTW, have you tried reaching out to PDN Magazine about you and your dad’s work? They have really great articles.

  12. Hi Richard, thank you for the comment and tip. It is sad that the artist with the creative talent is who gets paid the least in many publications. Photographers, writers and creative people seem to get the short end of the paycheck. I didn’t recognize the abbreviation PDN, but I have heard of Photo District News. I am not very familiar with the magazine, but will look into it more. Have you written for them?

  13. Sounds like a good read and will look for it. Oh, and I love this image. The low perspective helps bring out the shadowy looking cactus against that beautifully colored sky.

  14. Hi Monte, I appreciate your perspective and good point about the perspective in the photograph. I will be curious to hear your opinion of the article if you will share after you read it.

  15. Greg Russell says:

    This is some fantastic exposure for your father’s work, David. I’ll swing by B&N and pick up a copy…

  16. Hi Greg, thank you for reading. Let me know how easy it is to find and what you like or dislike about the article.

  17. Richard Wong says:

    Hey David. There are copies of PDN in every ad agency office in the business and probably on every photo editors desk as well. You can probably find it at your local chain bookstore as well like B&N or Borders. It’s very informative as for catching up on what’s going on professionally in the business.

  18. Hi Richard. YOU are very informative for catching up on what’s going on professionally in the business. Maybe because you read Photo District News, but there’s probably more to it than that. I appreciate you letting me know where I can find the print version.

  19. Wonderful news, David. I’ll have to order a copy as we don’t have much in the way of newstands.

    I’m glad you are pleased with the article.

    I noticed the mention of your Dad in Outdoor Photographer, David, and it was like they had mentioned a friend. I feel like I have gotten to know your Dad through this blog. Thank you!


  20. Thank you, Sharon. I am quite happy with the article. It’s getting harder and harder to find good magazines anywhere, especially with Borders going out of business, which is a shame. I’m a big fan of Amazon, but they don’t seem to offer single copy magazines and don’t have the best prices on magazine subscriptions. I hope you can find Color Magazine. It is a magazine you might look into seriously for your own photography. I take it as a compliment that you feel you have gotten to know Dad through reading here. That is certainly my intent. I feel if the general public were able to know him the way those who knew him or knew his work, and the many photographers, friends and conservationists who admired him do, he would be 10 times as well-known and liked as he is now. The friendship factor is one of the great results of blogging and networking with other blogs. I also feel that I have gotten to know you and Dirck through your blog, as well as the other bloggers I follow the most.

  21. Jean Maier says:

    Hi David

    I finally had an excuse to mention you on my work blog! (and Yes, PDN is Photo District News, and very few magazines have the current month on the cover, we have magazines coming in that say it is June!)

    I follow you mostly because I am interested in documentation of SE Utah before the 1976 highway, change and continuity. And your stories of your dad’s photography and travel stories have been terrific.

    I also used to manage a 2nd hand/antiquarian bookstore, and your description of the variability and fluidity of the Amazon Marketplace is spot on. An aside on that, all the “large” factory sellers and many medium ones use pricing software, which checks for the lowest price at some regular interval (every day) and then matches, undercuts, or prices a penny more than the lowest price listing. As soon as the “low” listing is gone, the price will pop back up, or it may just keep lowering as the competing pricing software goes into a war.

    Back to your blog and your dad’s photography, I want to also mention that I particularly like your Dead Horse Point contest — searching out the truth, expanding our photographic base. Just simply cool.

  22. Hi Jean, thank you for your comment here and for the write up on the Color Magazine feature on Bulldog News and Espresso: . I am very happy that there are still people like you who are following the early history of the Southwest and of Southeast Utah specifically. Interesting what you say about the automatic software driven pricing of books. Sounds like what happens on Wall Street these days that has the regulators concerned.

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