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"I Like the Look of a Clear-Cut"--Attributed to a Forest Supervisor at a Public Meeting

The Tongass series

"I Like the Look of a Clear-Cut"--Attributed to a Forest Supervisor at a Public Meeting

1986

Robert Glenn Ketchum

(American, 1947-)

Silver dye bleach process color print (Cibachrome) (should always remain in an 8 ply mat)

Image: 59.4 x 75.2 cm (23 3/8 x 29 5/8 in.); Paper: 61 x 76.2 cm (24 x 30 in.); Matted: 81.3 x 96.5 cm (32 x 38 in.)

Gift of the Advocacy Arts Foundation 1995.189

Edition: artist proof 7

Description

For more than 30 years, landscape photography has served as environmental advocacy for Ketchum. In the 1980s, Ketchum photographed Tomgass National Forest in southeastern Alaska, where harmful logging practices like the clear-cutting shown here threatened the ecosystem. Ketchum’s resulting book, The Tongass: Alaska’s Vanishing Rainforest, proved influential in passing the Tongass Timber Reform Act in 1990, which preserved more than one million acres of forest.

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