More than Scenery

Yellowstone, an American Love Story

Janet L. Pritchard

A uniquely fresh look at Yellowstone National Park on its 150th anniversary and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Publication date:
October 2022
Publisher :
George F. Thompson
Contributor(s) :
Lucy R. Lippard
Illustration :
166 photographs, 4 maps, and 1 historic illustration
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ISBN : 9781938086953

Dimensions : 241 X 302 mm


• Yellowstone National Park celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2022 as America's and the world's first national park, so this book will garner attention by that event alone
• no photographic survey of YNP and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has been undertaken so extensively from a visitor's point of view
• Janet Pritchard is a well regarded photographer and a recent Guggenheim Fellow in Photography with a following

Janet Pritchard's romance with the American West began with horseback riding, watching movies, and hearing her dad's dreams of being a cowboy. When she began to spend adolescent summers in Wyoming during the 1960s, her world changed forever, as she fell under the spell of natural wonder in the shadow of the Grand Tetons. Only later did she recognize her feelings as a response to what nineteenth-century Romantics called the sublime.

A vintage 1916 picture postcard of Golden Gate Canyon by F. Jay Haynes inspired this project. When Pritchard turned it over and read the message
face=Calibri>- "I cannot describe the Yellowstone as the dictionary is only a book. It is more than scenery. In some places, it is so beautiful that the men take off their hats, and the women are silent!”
face=Calibri>- she was back in a childhood place of wonder tempered by a lifetime of work as an artist and teacher in landscape photography.

Formed by fire and ice, embraced by a nation seeking an ancient past with a future as grand as the landscapes it inhabited, Yellowstone was established as the world's first national park by an Act of Congress in 1872. One hundred fifty years later, the park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem continue to occupy an iconic role in the public imagination of Yellowstone as a place that is both real and ideal. Here, in this complex ecosystem where wild nature and culture meet, the complexities of our relationship to the natural world are revealed unlike any other place.

Yellowstone is truly unique, and each generation who visits it invests Yellowstone with ideas, beliefs, and values reflecting its historical moment. In More than Scenery: Yellowstone, an American Love Story, Janet Pritchard surveys these relationships with her captivating photographs and insightful text, and Lucy R. Lippard' sets the table with her heartfelt introduction to the world's romance with Yellowstone. This book reveals why Yellowstone is so important to American and the world and how its landscapes reflect more than scenery.