Clyde Butcher

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


3 responses »

  1. I absolutely love landscape photos that are in black and white and have such a high contrast of black and white. These pictures give off a mythical/eerie feel when I look at them, but I love the goosebumps I get while doing so. I find it very beautiful and calming to look at.

    Klarissa Parduba

  2. kristysiciliano says:

    His work is beautiful, i’ve always loved black and white photos from large format cameras, just the tones in the blacks, whites and grays are astonishing.

  3. Clyde Butcher is an amazing photographer. In photos you showed it just looks desolet and dead but there is a beauty in it that is one huge aspect of why I like Butcher so much.

    ~Mackenzie Vartanian

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