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Treasured Lands: A photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks - QT Luong
first to photograph all 60 national parks, only known to do so with a large format film camera only living artist in Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan's movie "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" recognized by the California State Legislature for his photography of the national parks QT Luong celebrates the splendor and variety of the natural and human heritage with his photography. He has been privileged to travel through an immense geographic range, from the top of the coldest mountain on earth to under tropical seas. He has been called "today's leading photographer of America's National Parks" as well as a "Modern Master", and his best-selling book Treasured Landsreceived critical acclaim and six national book awards.
Born to Vietnamese parents in Paris, France, he was trained as a scientist (PhD U. Paris). The revelation of the high Alps led him to become a mountain climber and wilderness guide. When he came to the US to conduct research in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing for what was to be a short stay, he chose UC Berkeley, because of the proximity to Yosemite--a world class rock climbing destination.
There, he fell in love with the National Parks and decided to photograph all of them with a 5x7 large format camera , a single-handed, self-financed, monumental project that had not been completed by anyone before. To that effect, he settled in the San Francisco Bay Area and started crisscrossing this country to capture its diverse beauty. QT's in-depth coverage of the Parks often dictated long hikes into the backcountry, with a 75 lb backpack, and only his passion and dedication to keep him company. By 2002, he had visited each of the 58 National Parks. He subsequently left his distinguished career as a scientist to work as a full-time photographer. In 2009, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan featured him as one of the few living ch