Enjoy the art of Clyde Butcher

May 24, 2012 by  

The Ansin Family Art Gallery at the Miramar Cultural Center is presenting the exhibit “Clyde Butcher: the Wilds Within” until August 12. Admission is free but a donation is suggested and the gallery is open Monday through Friday. The exhibit was organized by the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale and Nova Southeastern University.

Clyde Butcher is a well-respected nature photographer based in Florida who has been taking photographs for over 50 years. He has received many awards over the years, including the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by North American Nature Photography Association and the Ansel Adams Conservation Award on behalf of the Sierra Club. In addition, he has been the subject of several documentaries, including two for PBS. He also received a Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2005 from the International University.

Butcher concentrates on black and white photography and all of his photographs show his relationship to the environment. His photographs do bear a striking similarity to those of Ansel Adams. They are not copies by any stretch of the imagination but his photographs capture the same ethereal feel of natural landscapes which Adams’ works has. His photography has captured many sites that no longer exists.

Miramar printing companies have most likely provided the exhibit poster, which features a dramatic example of Clyde Butcher’s photography. His photographs are taken with a large format camera and range in size from 8 x 10 inches to 5 x 8 feet. He often captures things which smaller cameras can overlook, especially through the depth and texture of his images which bring their intricate details to life.