17 May '11, 5pm

Can photos of America's natural wonders inspire a cultural cease-fire?

sierraclub.org - sierra magazine - may/june 2011 - wilderness diplomacy Wilderness Diplomacy Can photos of America's natural wonders inspire a cultural cease-fire? Landscapes by Ian Shive | Text by Steve Hawk The image is familiar, a variation on a postcard theme: the Teton Range during a storm, backlit and snowcapped, with the cottonwood-hemmed Snake River shimmering in the foreground. The photograph appears on the cover of Ian Shive's 2009 coffee-table book, The National Parks: Our American Landscape , which is itself a variation on a familiar theme: a hardcover visual celebration of 33 federally protected parks, monuments, preserves, seashores, and recreation areas. But as with any media, the photo's emotional message varies depending on viewer and context. Give it to a historian, and he or she might note that the shot pays homage to one of Ansel Adams's best-known blac...

Full article: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201105/wilderness-diplom...

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