Renowned Leaders

David Muench has photographed the landscape in all its grandeur for half a century. Traveling the U.S. since early childhood with his father, renowned photographer Josef Muench, there was never another way of life for him. His 4 x 5 large format camera is as much a part of him as his innovative eye. He has lately been experimenting with digital cameras as a result of his work photographing World Heritage Sites for UNESCO and Panasonic. For him, every photograph is a journey in perception, an exploration in seeing.

Pulitzer Prize (1971 Feature Photography) winning photographer Jack Dykinga blends large format landscape art photography with documentary photojournalism. He is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways and National Geographic Magazines. His nine wilderness advocacy, large format books include: Frog Mountain Blues, The Secret Forest, The Sierra Pinacate, The Sonoran Desert, Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau, and Desert: The Mojave and Death Valley. He authored and photographed Large Format Nature Photography, a “how to” guide to color landscape photography. Jack Dykinga’s ARIZONA, released in 2004 from Westcliffe Publishers, a compellation of Jack’s best Arizona images and: IMAGES: Jack Dykinga’s Grand Canyon released by Arizona Highways, May 2008, reflect Jack’s love for Arizona.

I have had the good fortune to travel extensively for photographic projects. As a biologist-film producer and doing magazine assignments, I have spent time in some of the special places on the planet. I have tried to portray these places and animals to the best of my ability. Some of these places and animals are in trouble; some that I photographed are now extinct. I believe, as nature photographers, we have an obligation to do what we can to raise the general awareness of problems facing our planet. I hope the following images will help provide an incentive to look closely at what is at stake.

Minnesota photographer Jim Brandenburg has worked as a photographer with National Geographic magazine for over 25 years resulting in 19 magazine stories, several television features and over 19 books. His National Geographic feature North Woods Journal was, according to Editor William Allen, “the most photographs the magazine has ever published in one feature in its entire history and by the way, using the least amount of film.” The bestseller Chased by the Light elaborated on Brandenburg’s experiences during the 90 days.

Jim Zuckerman left his medical studies in 1970 to turn his love of photography into a career. He has lectured and taught creative photography at many universities and private schools, including UCLA, Kent State University, the Hallmark Institute of Photography, and the Palm Beach Photographic Center. He also has led both domestic and international photo tours for 31 years to Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and the American Southwest.

Devoted to a lifetime of documenting the natural world, Thomas D. Mangelsen is one of the world’s premier nature photographers.

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