Pioneering park photographer is subject of lecture

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Harrison Crandall’s role in the national parks movement and his work as an artist will be discussed by UAF associate professor Kenneth Barrick on March 27.


Suzanne Bishop

Harrison R. Crandall, the official photographer of the Grand Teton National Park and a pioneer in the early national park movement, will be the subject of a public talk Thursday, March 27 at 6 p.m. in the Research Room on Level Two of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Elmer E. Rasmuson Library.

Kenneth Barrick, UAF associate professor of geography, will speak about Crandall, an artist whose subjects included some of the most iconic images of the Teton Range, cowboys and cowgirls, wildflowers and park recreation.

Barrick’s new book, “Harrison R. Crandall, Creating a Vision of Grand Tetons National Park,” includes many color reproductions of Crandall’s works and will be available for purchase and signing following the presentation. Books will be provided by Gulliver’s Books.

“Hank Crandall was a true visionary,” Barrick wrote. “Although he devoted his artistic attention to Grand Teton National Park, he is now credited with helping establish and expand the park and with inspiring early national park preservationists like Horace Albright, the second director of the National Park Service.”

The talk will feature images of many of Crandall’s landscape oil paintings and photographs, which he produced between 1920 and 1960. Some examples of Crandall’s original art will be on display.

Parking is free on the UAF campus after 5 p.m.