|Dallas, TX (August 1, 2016) — The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service with a special exhibit featuring modern, iconic photographs taken by American photographer Mark Burns.
With this exhibit, the Bush Library pays tribute to the country’s magnificent national parks, true American treasures that presidents over the years have helped create, nurture, and expand.
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill creating the National Park Service, an agency charged with preserving and protecting natural and cultural resources in the U.S. for this and future generations. Today, the National Park Service manages 84 million acres including Denali, the highest point in North America, in Denali National Park; the longest cave system known to the world, Mammoth Cave National Park, with more than 400 mapped miles of caves; America’s deepest lake, Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park, at 1,943 feet; and the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park, at 282 feet below sea level.
The “National Parks Photography Project” exhibit celebrates the important role that the visual image has played in the history and creation of America’s national parks. The breathtaking photographs were taken by Burns from 2011 through 2015 with one image from each of America’s 59 national parks. A portion of this exhibit also pays tribute to early painters and photographers, whose work helped lead to the protection of many of these special places.
“I chose to photograph this project entirely in black and white,” said Burns. “For me, black and white provided the timeless bridge back to the past century. It’s also the photography medium that I prefer to work in. When I’m in the field, I’m not necessarily trying to capture what I’m looking at, but more what I’m feeling. The black and white medium allows me to best express that.”
Mrs. Laura Bush has long been a champion of America’s national parks, and earlier this year published Our Great Big Backyard, a children’s book about the national parks, penned with daughter Jenna Bush Hager.
“Don’t let the month go by before stopping at the Bush Center to see the photo exhibit of our National Parks, America’s best idea,” urged Mrs. Bush. “This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and we are celebrating with this terrific show.”
This photography exhibit will only be on display August 10 through August 30, 2016, at the Bush Library and Museum.
Visit bush43library.org for more information.