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Robert Glenn Ketchum

The life and work of photography and environmental activist Robert Glenn Ketchum

Peter Soscia

on 27 November 2012

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Photographer & Environmental Activist Robert Glenn Ketchum Born-
Dec. 1st 1947 Biography From Los Angeles, Calfornia Ketchum's love for the outdoors begin in his early childhood by exploring his family's home outside of L.A. Early Life It wasn't until he started studying pre-law at Cal. University that he found an interest in photography. After taking fine arts courses he changed is major to design and started to practice photography. After Transferring to UCLA Ketchum, Studied with Edmund Teske, Robert Heinecken, and Robert Fichter while shooting rock-bands like the Doors, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix at their shows along the Sunset Strip. Edmund Teske
1970 In 1974 he received his Master in Fine Arts from California Institute of Arts. Since he was a little boy, Ketchum loved nature, and in the 1980s he started using his work to help defend it. Using Photos as Nature's Voice. In 1987 Ketchum, In association with the Aperture Foundation, published his photos in the book:
The Tongass- Alaska's Vanishing Rain Forest
Ketchum used his photography to show the negative effects that logging had on the Rain Forests of Alaska. "Smokey the Bear's real agenda" Ketchum also uses the true beauty of the Alaskan wildlife, and landscape to help convey the viewer to his point of view on the destruction of the rain forest. "John Hopkins Inlet, Glacier Bay" With the success of the book, Exhibits of Ketchum's work, and his own personal advocacy Ketchum, is credited with begin a main factor in the Passing of the Tongass Timber Reform Bill of 1990.
The bill established five major wilderness areas, and protected more that one million trees in the rain forest. Tongass Timber Reform Bill Ketchum has dedicated projects to many other environmental struggles across North America. Other Works Hudson River Greenway
In 1985 Ketchum, published
The Hudson River and the Highlands. It advocated against the development of the Hudson River Greenway. Quarry Pond Waterfall, Manitoga, 1983 Once again Ketchum uses the natural beauty of an area to show it's importance. "Tributarty At the Head of Lake Clark" More Recently Ketchum is working to stop the Pebble Mine destruction of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Multimedia Work Robert Glenn Ketchum also works in multimedia platforms. Chinese Embroidery's Using chinese style
Embroidery, workers
at the Suzhou
Embroider Research
Institute, take
Ketchum's photos
and make them into textiles. Digital Photo Manipulation "Tree and Branch In Deep Snow", 1996 Choose Joy, 2007 Achievements For 45+ years Robert Glenn Ketchum's imagery has helped define contemporary color photography. As well as address critical national environmental issues. Ketchum's work has inspired a generation of artists to have their work have a purpose of defending social and environmental justice. This has led the the creation of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Ketchum, is a "Founding Fellow." Ketchum, has also founded Advocacy Arts Foundation. He is listed as American Photo magazine's 100 most important people in photography of the 1990's.
In Audubon magazine as one of the 100 people 'who shaped the environmental movement of the 20th Century'. He has received many awards for his work. Two of the most perspicuous are the United Nations Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, and the Ansel Adams Award of Conservation Photography. Bibliography Background on Ketchum’s early life:Puckett, Nora Christie. "Eliot Porter And Robert Glenn Ketchum: A Conversation On Color, Composition, And Environmental Conservation." Art Education 61.1 (2008): 25. Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson). Web. 27 Nov. 2012.Chinese Embroidery Work:Dowdey, Patrick, and Meifang Zhang. Threads of Light: Chinese Embroidery from Suzhou and the Photography of Robert Glenn Ketchum. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 1999. Print.Edmund Teske Photo:"Edmund Teske Archives." Edmund Teske Archives. N.p., 2011. Web. 27 Nov. 2012. <http://www.edmundteske.com/et/Gallery_1/Pages/Jim_Morrison_and_the_Doors.html>.Ketchum’s Tongass Photography:Ketchum, Robert Glenn. TheTongass: Alaska's Vanishing Rain Forest. New York: Aperture Foundation, 1994. Print.Ketchum’s website and background about awards and other works:"Robert Glenn Ketchum." Robert Glenn Ketchum. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Nov. 2012. <http://www.robertglennketchum.com/index.php>.
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