Clyde Butcher: Black and White Photographer

Clyde Butcher
Photo by Woody Walters.
"Like the work of Ansel Adams, Clyde Butcher's remarkable photographs gives us an access to nature we rarely see or experience. They not only reveal the intimate and majestic beauty of the Everglades — and the need to save this fragile environment— they also remind us of the abiding kinship we mortals share when we work together to preserve these magnificent places. Butcher's art is a national treasure."  Ken Burns— Emmy-winning filmmaker.

Clyde Butcher's black and white photographs explore his personal relationship with the environment. The exquisite beauty and depth of his work draw the viewer into a relationship with nature. For more than forty-five years, he has been preserving on film the untouched areas of the landscape. His images are captured with an 8"x 10", 11"x 14", and 12"x 20" view camera. The large format camera allows him to express the elaborate detail and textures that distinguish the intricacy of the landscape. The photographs range in sizes from 8"x 10" inches to 5'x 8' feet. Each photograph is hand-printed and processed by Clyde in his darkroom on fiber-base paper and selenium-toned for archival purposes then mounted and matted to current archival standards. The photograph is then signed and issued a limited edition number.

Photo by Niki Butcher.

Clyde has been honored by the state of Florida with the highest award that can be given a private citizen: the Artist Hall of Fame Award. He was also privileged to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photography Association and given the honor of being the Humanitarian of the Year for 2005 from International University. He has also received the 2011 Distinguished Artist Award from the Florida House in Washington DC and the Sierra Club has given him the Ansel Adams Conservation Award, which is given to a photographer who shows excellence in photography and has contributed to the public awareness of the environment.

Collections of his work can be seen in his books: Portfolio I - Florida Landscapes; 1995 Limited Edition Collection; Visions for the Next Millennium; Nature's Places of Spiritual Sanctuary; Florida Landscape; Living Waters - Florida's Aquatic Preserves; Cuba - The Natural Beauty; Apalachicola River— An American Treasure; America the Beautiful: The Monumental Landscape; Big Cypress Swamp— The Western Everglades; Portfolio II— Florida Landscapes and in his biography, Seeing the Light: Wilderness and Salvation, a Photographer's Tale.

Public Broadcasting has completed an award-winning 1/2-hour documentary on Clyde, Visions of Florida. A second video, Big Cypress Preserve: Jewel of the Everglades, featuring Clyde, is also an award-winning program. Clyde was the Host in the award winning nature documentaries: Living Waters ~ Aquatic Preserves of Florida, Big Cypress Swamp— The Western Everglades; Kissimmee Basin— The Northern Everglades, and the Featured Guest in the award winning nature documentary, Apalachicola River— An American Treasure.

A large selection of Clyde's photography can be seen at his Venice Gallery & Studio in Venice, Florida, and at his Big Cypress Gallery, which is located on thirteen acres in the center of the Everglades, mid-way between Naples and Miami on the Tamiami Trail (Hwy. 41), in the Big Cypress National Preserve. The gallery is surrounded by more than a million acres of National Park wetlands and cypress strands of wild Florida.

For more information on Clyde check out his website at

Photo by Niki Butcher.

Apalachicola River
Apalachicola River. Photo by Clyde Butcher

Cash Creek
Cash Creek. Photo by Clyde Butcher

Big Gulley
Big Gulley. Photo by Clyde Butcher

Dead Lakes
Tupelo Creek. Photo by Clyde Butcher