Clyde Butcher’s iconic landscape photograph arrives in downtown Clearwater


CLEARWATER, Fla .– The Clearwater Community Redevelopment Agency is proud to announce the launch in November of an exhibit by world-renowned Florida Artist Hall of Fame photographer Clyde Butcher in downtown Clearwater.

Clyde Butcher’s exhibit, “America’s Everglades,” will be on display at Clearwater’s Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., where the public can see the natural beauty, daring and technical achievement of his work, which has earned him the recognition of being the greatest landscape photographer in 21st century America.

The Clearwater Community Redevelopment Agency is inviting the media to a press conference to preview the exhibit on Thursday, November 4 at 1 p.m., where Clyde Butcher will be featured and available for interviews.

This will be followed by the opening of the exhibition to the public on Saturday, November 6, with a signing session that day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibition will be on display until May 31, 2022, during library opening hours. This exhibition and parking at the library are free.

Clyde Butcher’s monumental black-and-white photographs have been on display in museums around the world, with the exhibit in Clearwater showcasing a collection of his photographs of the Everglades that will serve as a major art exhibit in an accessible public space.

“The Everglades exhibit is an opportunity for us to showcase not only a nationally recognized artist, but also the importance of our environment,” said Amanda Thompson, director of the community redevelopment agency. “We invite residents and visitors to experience this new gallery overlooking the waterfront and all of the art and entertainment opportunities that downtown Clearwater has to offer.”

Clyde Butcher’s love for the Everglades began when he discovered the unique environment by moving to Florida in 1980 from California. He began capturing the mysterious and beautiful habitat of the Everglades and used his images in conservation efforts to help the people of Florida understand the need to conserve the endangered habitat.

In addition to presenting unparalleled views in the heart of the Everglades, this exhibit allows visitors to learn about this unique Florida ecosystem and the importance of water conservation while admiring the stunning large-format photography. The exhibit coincides with a milestone next year for Everglades National Park, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary at the end of 2022.

“I hope my vision of the Everglades inspires you to love and protect it for generations to come,” Clyde Butcher said of the Clearwater exhibit.

Clyde Butcher’s work has won numerous prestigious awards and has been the subject of various news and PBS programs, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photography Association and the Ansel Adams Award from the Sierra Club. He was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, which is the highest honor bestowed on a private citizen in Florida, and won the Distinguished Artist Award from the Florida House of Representatives in Washington DC.

Additionally, he was named one of Florida Trend’s “100 Most Influential Floridians” and was included in “Who’s The Next Ansel Adams?” By popular photography magazine.

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