Tuesday, February 8, 2011

hugh morton

hugh morton is one of the most well-known and influential photographers to hail from the state of north carolina. morton, a noted conservationist, inherited grandfather mountain and surrounding land in 1952 and dedicated much of his life to making it a beautiful tourist attraction.

morton chronicled life in north carolina from the 1930's until his death in 2006. he covered everything from political figures and nature to sports and university life.

a team of archivists with the university of north carolina libraries has been working since morton's death to catalog his 250,000 or so photographs. follow their blog, a view to hugh.

morton with mildred the bear, from grandfather.com

grandfather mountain overlook (1970's - 1980's), from hugh morton collection of photographs and film

grandfather mountain camera clinic (1950s - early 1960s), from a view to hugh

bear cubs, grandfather mountain (1983), from a view to hugh

jfk addresses nc caucus at the 1956 democratic national convention, from hugh morton collection of photographs and films

(many thanks to my dear friend elizabeth hull for pointing me in this direction)

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