New Portfolio Added: Grand Canyon National Park

October 13th, 2011 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

New Portfolio Of Philip Hyde’s Vintage Black And White Prints Of The Grand Canyon

(See the photograph large: Marble Gorge Near Nankoweap Creek, Grand Canyon National Park.)

Marble Gorge Near Nankoweap Creek, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, copyright by Philip Hyde.

Time and the River Flowing: Grand Canyon by Francois Leydet, in the Sierra Club Books Exhibit Format Series, came out in 1964 in response to two proposed dams, one just above and one just below Grand Canyon National Park. Time and The River Flowing formed out of a river trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, planned for that creative purpose. The river trip headed by David Brower, Executive Director of the Sierra Club and head of the Sierra Club books publishing program, and led on the river by lead boatman Martin Litton, has become legendary for including passengers who were the who’s who of landscape photography, conservation and the natural sciences of the time.

The illustrators of Time and The River Flowing were Katie Lee with one photograph, Joseph Wood Krutch and Eliot Porter each with two images, Daniel B. Luten with three, P. T. Reilly with four, Ansel Adams contributed five color photographs, Richard Norgaard six, Joseph C. Hall and Martin Litton, using the name Clyde Thomas, each provided nine photographs, David Brower had 10, Clyde Childress made 19 of the images and Philip Hyde supplied 31 of the book’s illustrations.

Published only two years after the introduction of color to Sierra Club Books, Time and the River Flowing contained only color photographs, even by Ansel Adams. As a result many of the best black and white photographs of the Grand Canyon by the artists above never received the same level of recognition, even though they were in some cases stronger images.

Now Philip Hyde’s black and white photographs of the Grand Canyon can potentially be more widely seen. See the new portfolio added to Philip Hyde Photography of Grand Canyon National Park original black and white prints. See also several more of Philip Hyde’s best black and white photographs of the Grand Canyon by visiting the portfolios “Black and White Vintage & Digital Prints 1,” “Black and White Vintage & Digital Prints 2” and “Vintage Black and White Prints & Raw Scans.”

For more information on the making of Philip Hyde’s original darkroom black and white prints see, “About Vintage Black and White Prints.”



  1. Sharon says:

    What a fabulous portfolio, David. You have a real treasure in these photographs. I like the one at the end of you and your mom with the camper.


  2. Hi Sharon, I appreciate your viewing the new Grand Canyon portfolio. The last image I threw in just for fun so people could see the camper all three of us wrote about so much, particularly in the blog post series by my mother, “Denali National Park, Alaska Travel Log” under the Post Category “Ardis And Philip Travel Logs.”

  3. Wonderful collection David! I grew up With Time and the River flowing on the shelf (still have a copy), and it’s a treat to see some B&W from that era. The absence of tamarisk sure stands out in some of the beach shots, and Havasu doesn’t have many deep shady stretches like that since the floods of recent decades. Great stuff!

  4. Hi Jackson, thank you for your comment and the updates on the area. It is great that you have Time and The River Flowing on the bookshelf. It is always a pleasure to meet or find out about people who have followed the Sierra Club Books Exhibit Format Series, especially in your case because of us having New Mexico in common. I have heard what you said about Tamarisk and the beaches in the Grand Canyon, but I did not realize the extent of the floods in Havasu Canyon. The recent photographs you see online of Havasu Falls are missing the trees, but I had no idea how otherwise different other areas are now since the floods.

  5. That is a fine collection and very enjoyable, David. It is all an environment I’ve never seen, so I can’t comment as did Jackson about how changed things are. But it is a real treat for me to be able to see the land through your father’s eyes and lenses. Excellent portfolio.

  6. Hi Steve, I appreciate the way you put that. My father had a strong affinity to the Grand Canyon. He joined river trips down the Colorado River and detoured to take another look whenever he came anywhere near the Grand Canyon throughout his life.

  7. pj says:

    What can I say? Magnificent. Your father’s love for the area shows through bright and clear in this collection. Thanks for letting us see it.

  8. Hi PJ, I appreciate your comment. Dad’s Grand Canyon black and white prints are something that we can all learn from if we choose.

  9. A lovely collection of photos. Photo number 5, Water Worn Limestone, really speaks to me.

    I wish I could have met your father to share thoughts and ideas about photographing the American West, especially the Grand Canyon. I would love to have done a river trip through the canyon (something I have yet to do) with your father.

    Thank you for sharing his work. I have greatly enjoyed viewing it and chatting with you.


  10. Thank you, Adam. I believe my father would have enjoyed having conversations with you, mainly because you are a producing professional. Although he loved to talk to all nature or landscape photographers or anyone else who appreciated the outdoors, after his work was done, of course. My dad liked the comradery of an evening campfire in the Eastern Sierra Nevada or on the Colorado Plateau. He made his last river trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 1997. It was, as might be guessed, a photography workshop. Those who were present are still talking about it today. I too have enjoyed talking with you Adam. I admire where you come from with your work, besides, you live in New Mexico, Taos no less. New Mexico is the one state of the 49 I have seen that I miss the most. To me Taos is the holy grail of many things, even if it is suffering with the economic challenges lately, just like many rural towns across the country.

  11. Steve Sieren says:

    Glad to see the history dug out of the archives, it’s a great portfolio. I enjoyed viewing when I received the notification. Hope to see more in the future!

  12. Hi Steve, thank you for checking out Dad’s Grand Canyon black and white prints. I believe you are on the Philip Hyde Updates e-mail list, but you may or may not be subscribed to the blog RSS or e-mail subscription.

  13. Greg Russell says:


    It is somewhat cliché to say so, but the Grand Canyon is one of my favorite places on earth. Every time I visit, I have to ask myself why I don’t come more often. The peacefulness and magnificence is almost otherworldly, and your father’s photographs capture it perfectly.

    To follow up on Jackson’s comment–the invasion of tamarisk all over the west is almost out of this world; on the Escalante River, the tamarisk almost impede travel at times. Very frustrating to see an invasive species take a hold like that.

    The same thing is happening with Saharan wild mustard invading southern California’s prime wildflower habitat.

  14. Hi Greg, I’m glad you appreciate Dad’s photographs of the Grand Canyon that you love so well. I feel your love of the Grand Canyon comes across in your photographs in two ways: 1. I can see a love for the place in your images, and 2. Your photographs are so good of the Grand Canyon. I believe it is impossible to make images that well and not have some kind of strong feelings for the place. On a more somber note, I’m very sad to hear that Tamarisk are clogging the Escalante River Watershed too.

  15. Lola Taylor says:

    This photography really caught my eye. I recently have been taking photography classes and getting into photography and art. This type of art speaks to me.

  16. Hi Lola, thank you for your comment. It is wise of you to seek out and enjoy as much quality photography along with art as you can while you are making such a study. Photography is the art of the 20th and 21st Century. Studying the photography of the early 20th Century masters will bring you more enjoyment of all art, especially photography and landscape photography specifically.

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