Clyde Butcher is an American landscape photographer who works primarily with large format 4×5 and 8×10 cameras.
Born in 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri, Butcher traveled about with his family until settling in California in 1960. That same year, at the age of 18, Butcher began attending California Polytechnic to earn a degree in architecture. In 1963, after being exposed to the work of American landscape photographer Ansel Adams at Yosemite National Park, Butcher’s passion for landscape photograph had been ignited – a passion he would follow for the rest of his life.
Today, Clyde Butcher is a household name amongst devotees of American landscape photography, and resides on a private property in the Florida Everglades, a portion of which is open to the public as a commercial gallery.
I actually had a chance to meet Mr. Butcher personally last year when I visited the Everglades, and as a result of my brief opportunity, I would describe him as something like a camera-carrying, environmentally-conscious Santa Claus.
I like him for two reasons: 1) He’s one of those rare individuals who lives in Florida and actually likes it, and 2) His work is transcendental in its excellence – and through his work, he carries the tone and spirit of that other excellent American landscape photographer, Ansel Adams, the man who had so inspired him so long ago.
Here’s a couple of my favorites of his:
Clyde Butcher, “Moonrise”, 1986, silver gelatin fiber print
(I have a small postcard-sized print of this that he signed)
Clyde Butcher, “Indian Key 5”, 1997, silver gelatin fiber print
Clyde Butcher, “Agawamuck Creek Falls 3”, 2006, silver gelatin fiber print
More of his work can be found here:
– Patrick Benjamin