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September 10, 2008 to October 19, 2008

Southwest Alaska: A World of National Parks and Wildlife Refuges

The Photographs of Robert Glenn Ketchum

An Aperture Traveling Exhibition
Support provided by The Honickman Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Covering an area larger than the state of Washington, southwest Alaska is a vast watershed that drains from the summits and uplands of the Alaska and Aleutian mountain ranges, west to Bristol Bay and the Bering Sea. A tundra and forest landscape, it is crossed by hundreds of rivers and scattered with thousands of lakes, including Iliamna, one of the ten largest freshwater lakes on the planet. Home to three national wildlife refuges, two national parks (Katmai and Lake Clark), and Wood-Tikchik, the largest state park in the United States, the habitat supports a great array of wildlife including caribou, moose, eagle, and brown bear. It is also the most productive salmon fishery in the history of the world.

Southwest Alaska provided a unique opportunity for an East Coast audience to experience the unique beauty of the region while reflecting on what is at stake in Alaska and the future of these territories, specifically with regard to land use and habitat protection. This exhibition offered a compelling look at a current flashpoint in the environment debate and positioned itself as a must-see event.

The photographs in this exhibit were selected from Robert Glenn Ketchum’s comprehensive 2-book Aperture release, Rivers of Life: Southwest Alaska, The Last Great Salmon Fishery and Wood-Tikchik: Alaska’s Largest State Park the most complete photographic archive ever created of this area.

Ketchum’s fine photographic prints are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, and many others. Large collections of his prints have been established for scholarly research at the Amon Carter Museum of Art, Fort Worth, TX, and The Huntington Library, Collections, and Botanical Gardens, in Pasadena, CA.

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