Preserving Eden

GASKIN BAY 7 by Clyde Butcher
GASKIN BAY 7 by Clyde Butcher
GASKIN BAY 7 by Clyde Butcher



For more than 50 years, Clyde Butcher has been preserving on black and white film the quiet beauty of Florida’s most undisturbed landscapes, including the Everglades. Internationally acclaimed for his photographs and passion for preservation, Butcher will showcase 36 new works in his exhibition “Preserving Eden” Sept. 6–Nov. 22, 2014 at Coral Springs Museum of Art.

Using large format cameras, Butcher’s epic exposures sometimes take as long as an hour to capture. His signature techniques allow him (and the viewer) to explore the elaborate detail and textures of Florida’s untamed beauty. The handmade, darkroom-developed photographic prints range in size and many are mural-sized. The images range in size from 8”x14” to 5’x8’.

Butcher has been recognized by the state of Florida with the Artist Hall of Fame Award. He has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photography Association. Butcher received the 2011 Distinguished Artist Award from the Florida House in Washington, DC and the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Conservation Award. The Ansel Adams Conservation Award is bestowed to a photographer who shows excellence in photography and has contributed to public awareness of the environment.

In honor of Butcher’s exhibit, Coral Springs Museum of Art will host a Masterpiece Event, “Butcher & Blues,” a casual evening of food tastings, live entertainment, raffles and a silent auction on Thursday, Sept. 11, 6:30–10:30 pm. In addition to celebrating Butcher’s exhibit, the event will pay homage to all things American, in honor of the Sept. 11 tragedy.

Preserving Eden: Clyde Butcher’s Florida Photographs is sponsored by Cozen O’Connor and Williams Financial.

Preserving Eden: Clyde Butcher’s Florida Photographs produced by the South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium, Inc. Made possible with assistance from Clyde Butcher Galleries. Exhibit toured by the South Florida Museum Traveling Exhibits Service.

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