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 Glen Canyon: Images Of A Lost World
  BQR ~ winter 1999-2000

very once in a while some one or some thing comes along and sets a whole new standard. Previous attempts become just that, attempts.
A month ago I finally got my hands on one of the first copies of Tad Nichols' long awaited Glen Canyon: Images of a Lost World. It is a book of black and white photographs he began in 1950, on the first of thirty-some trips through Glen Canyon.
It was worth waiting 40 years. In a disarmingly beautiful layout by graphic designer Larry Lindahl, some 140 of Nichols' images take us from the Bridge Canyon- Glen Canyonput-in at Hite to the takeout at Lees Ferry. There is no hurry. Nichols takes time to explore the unending Hidden Passage- Glen Canyonvariety of side canyons, to scale the cliffs, to visit the Anasazi ruins and glyphs. Accompanying the images are Nichols' recollections and journal notes, giving body and breadth to the visual feast.
Oddly enough, both Nichols and his life-long pal and fellow Glen Canyoneer Katie Lee waited more than forty years to pass on to us their versions of Glen Canyon. In Lee's All My Rivers are Gone, she gave us a very emotional, sensual, and extremely personal account of Glen Canyon. Now Nichols, true to his quiet, gentle, and elegant self, has given us an utterly different, perfectly complimentary vision. As a photographer, Nichols is exacting and patient—as a visual artist he is sharp, sensitive, and has an uncanny eye for composition. Perhaps a few sample images can give you an idea—the book defies description. All I can really say is that Glen Canyon: Images of a Lost World is the most beautiful book I have ever seen.
Glen Canyon: Images of a Lost World, by Tad Nichols, Museum of New Mexico Press, 1999, isbn
0-89013-330-1. Available for $35 from Glen Canyon Institute, Box 1925, Flagstaff, AZ 86002 or online at www.glencanyon.org. It is also available online at the gcrg bookstore, at www.gcrg.org.


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