National Museum of Wildlife Art

Jackson Hole, WY



These Rare Lands


"The preservation of these last wild places is linked to our soul as a nation. How we treat them says much to the world about America as a society. These photographs by Stan Jorstad will never let us forget the rare beauty of our American wilderness and the reason we must protect it."

-Robert Redford, from the exhibition These Rare Lands


On April 14, 2000 the National Museum of Wildlife Art opens These Rare Lands, a photography exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). This unique show captures the majesty of America's National Parks through the work of photographer Stan Jorstad. Featuring 44 large-format color panoramic photographs, These Rare Lands includes images of the Grand Canyon, the Everglades, Washington's Quinalt Rainforest, and Wyoming's own Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. From sunrise at Haleakala Crater in Maui to moonrise over Death Valley Park, California, Jorstad's photographs express the diversity of America' s vast wilderness and stir us to contemplate the preservation of America' s remaining open spaces.

Beginning with an introductory statement by actor, environmentalist and director Robert Redford, These Rare Lands includes text panels describing Jorstad's career, his photographic techniques, and a brief history of the National Park Service. During the past 40 years, Jorstad has photographed all 54 of the United States National Parks, as well as many of the more than 300 wilderness areas and sites set aside by the NPS since 1872. (left: El Capitan, Guadalupe Mountains, TX)

After serving in the elite Tenth Mountain Division ski troops during World War II, Jorstad began his career as a commercial photographer. He studied design and photography at the Ray School of Design in Chicago and refined his skills with Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter and Torkel Korling. In the early 1960's, Jorstad became the cinematographer for the television series "Wild Kingdom," and in 1979 founded PhotoMark, a photography corporation. Jorstad's work has been exhibited internationally and has earned him over 50 national awards for excellence in photography.

Jorstad does not digitally manipulate his work because he believes that such artifice threatens the credibility of nature photography. Instead, he hopes that the purity of light and landscape in his images will inspire an awareness of our delicate natural world.

"Our nation's parks may not provide us with food for our bellies or raw materials for our industries, but they inspire the soul and nurture the whole human being. I know, because they have nurtured and inspired me," states Jorstad. These Rare Lands will be on exhibit through May 21, 2000.

In conjunction with this exhibition and in celebration of Grand Teton National Park's 50th anniversary, a 7:00 p.m. slide presentation will be held on Friday, May 12. Park Ranger Naturalist Eileen Andes will discuss the role of art in establishing our rare and precious National Park lands.

Organized by the SITES, the photographs appear courtesy of Time Inc. This exhibition has also been made possible through the generous support of Galyan's. These Rare Lands is locally sponsored by Grand Teton Lithography, the Jackson Hole Guide and The Jackson State Bank.


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