Clyde Butcher’s Florida Photos Focus of New Foosaner Exhibit Opening June 8

By  //  May 26, 2019

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show features 69 Butcher photos from the museum’s permanent collection

Powerful and haunting photographs of Florida landscapes will fill the galleries at Foosaner Art Museum starting June 8 with the opening of Clyde Butcher: Florida’s Photographer. (Florida Tech image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Powerful and haunting photographs of Florida landscapes will fill the galleries at Foosaner Art Museum starting June 8 with the opening of Clyde Butcher: Florida’s Photographer.

The show, featuring 69 Butcher photos from the museum’s permanent collection, will remain up until Oct. 19.

The images are from his Limited Edition Collection, which had Butcher (b. 1941) and his large-format cameras capturing Florida’s forests, swamps and estuaries from the St. Johns River to the Keys between 1986 and 1995.

Butcher’s black-and-white photographs enable him to express the details and textures that distinguish the Florida landscape.

Clyde Butcher has been called the next Ansel Adams by Popular Photography magazine. His photography transcends political boundaries, challenging us to work together to protect natural places across the globe.

He said his hope is that by highlighting the Sunshine State’s natural beauty, undeveloped areas of the state will be preserved.

“I’m excited to display our Clyde Butcher collection,” said Carla Funk, Florida Tech’s executive director and chief curator of university museums.

“Not only are they gorgeous photos, but their environmentalist message is very timely. I hope we can use this exhibition as a platform to discuss local conservation efforts.”

In conjunction with the exhibition, Leesa Souto, a Florida Tech alumna and director of the Marine Resources Council, will offer a lecture on “artivism” and efforts to save the Indian River Lagoon.

The free presentation is at 6 p.m. June 28 at the museum.

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