Photography Of Philip Hyde At Mountain Light Gallery

April 15th, 2010 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

Galen Rowell and Philip Hyde met only a few times in life briefly, but if they could meet again now, what would they talk about? Would they disagree about equipment and photography styles? Would they change the subject to something they had in common? Would they discuss their approaches to photography, that are similar in some ways and different in others? Both men were friendly and liked to tell of their adventures. Would they entertain each other with tales of their travels? Would Galen Rowell and Philip Hyde strike up a friendship based on their shared feelings about wilderness and the preservation of wildlife and the lands of indigenous peoples? For more on the methods of Galen Rowell and Philip Hyde see the blog post, “Galen Rowell, Philip Hyde And Outdoor Photographer Style.”

Throughout his career, Philip Hyde tenaciously stuck with large format cameras while Galen Rowell’s bywords were, “fast and light.” Philip Hyde pioneered color landscape photography, whereas Galen Rowell invented the adventure photography genre. Both men saw photography as the means for a life in the backcountry and a tool for preserving the natural state of wild places.

Today history is in the making again with the work of the two famous photographers on display together in the same building for the first time beginning May 8, 2010 and running through August 31, 2010 at Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, California. For more information and a discussion of the exciting never before seen prints on display see the blog post, “New Philip Hyde Releases At Mountain Light Gallery Exhibition,” and visit Current Exhibitions–Philip Hyde Photography.



  1. I’ll put a notice on my facebook page, David. It looks like it will be a great exhibit.


  2. Hi Sharon, Thank you. That is much appreciated. I won’t have Dad on Facebook for a while. Too much going on right now already.

  3. pj finn says:

    I became familiar with some of you father’s work in the mid 1970’s when I first got involved with photography. I didn’t see an awful lot of it, but what I did see I admired greatly. It was beautiful work.

    I think it’s a great thing you’re doing. Keeping his work alive digitally will be very inspiring, both for some of us older guys, and for a new generation of photographers who might otherwise never be introduced to it. Thank you. I will link to your blog and hope I can pass on the work to a few others.

  4. Hi PJ, Thank you greatly for stopping in and for putting me on your blogroll. I guess they say that Technorati doesn’t care about that any more for their rankings, but it is always welcome and probably helps with Google, I don’t know. I take it as a compliment either way regardless of these ridiculous search engines and their rules. Who gave them the right to rule the world? But, I won’t get started on search engines now. What I wanted to say to you is that I followed the link from here and enjoyed it. I love your “pond abstracts” and I have never seen anyone including my dad and Ansel Adams do anything unique with Yellowstone Falls the way you have. That is a great composition. Did it take a horrendous hike-scramble or a very long lens?

  5. Richard Wong says:

    Congrats on the exhibit, David. I like how they display the guest gallery. I hope to be able to see it sometime this summer.

  6. Hi Richard, thanks for the congrats. The Mountain Light folks have been great to work with. Good people. Come on up for my talk if you can. It’s a weekend.

  7. Guy Tal says:

    This is just wonderful. I can’t imagine a more rewarding exhibit for devoted landscape photographers and wilderness advocates.


  8. Thank you, Guy. I appreciate your support and feelings about it. Some people might even get on my case for doing it, or on their case for doing it, but far more people seem to be enthusiastic about it. Philip Hyde and Galen Rowell may not have had any reason to come together on a common project while they were around, but bringing them together now seems natural. Hopefully I can get the magazines and media to cooperate and run articles about it too. I feel people can learn from and be inspired by the comparison and contrast between Galen Rowell and my dad.

  9. pj finn says:

    Thanks David. I take your comment on the falls as the highest compliment. It wasn’t so much a mad scramble as a long climb on narrow steps down the canyon, and yes, it was a 400mm lens on 35mm.

    As far as linking goes, I seldom think in terms of search engines either. I guess I’m not geared that way. I’m more of a word of mouth guy — someone visits my site, finds your link, and gets introduced to some fine work. Maybe it’ll work that way.

    On that note, every few weeks I feature the RSS feed of a blog I find interesting and worthwhile in a featured blog section on my sidebar. I’d like to feature yours next if you have no objections.

  10. Hi PJ, thank you. Yes, by all means, please do. It would be an honor. I get reactions of amazement sometimes when I tell photographers I want to feature their work. They just don’t understand yet, that is what is so amazing about blogging over a regular ol’ website. I love the blog concept and the interconnectedness of the blogosphere. I could do a lot more of it, but I am running a full-time business, writing a book, and several other full-time jobs and projects I can’t talk about yet. I am just like most landscape photographers or heirs of major landscape photographers–stretched way too thin, but loving the work.

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