The National Park Service celebrated their centennial this year, commemorating 100 years of preservation, recreation, and conservation. Shortly after observing the date, a birthday gift for the national parks arrived. The gift is a book we are very proud to have published, one that both honors the milestone birthday of the national parks and encourages us to explore them on our own. The book is Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks, by photographer QT Luong.
Weighing in at a little over seven pounds, this book is a massive ode to all 59 national parks. That’s right, all 59 parks. Luong not only physically went to each and every park, he also photographed each and every one as well. He’s the first to photograph all of them in large format, going to great lengths to record the staggering beauty of the United States.
The book is not only a beautiful sight to behold, it is also a practical guidebook, made for photographers, travelers, and nature lovers. The lengths Luong went to in order to get the beauty shot include hiking, paddling, diving, skiing, snowshoeing, and climbing.
And Luong didn’t just photograph the parks when the weather was perfect, despite the perfection of the photographs. He took photographs in all kinds of weather and terrain, in all seasons, and at all times of the day. Luong doesn’t keep the details of his journey secret, either. He invites us behind the scenes and even shares how we can re-create the photographs ourselves!
Luong’s epic journey through the parks spanned not only seasons and terrains, but also a period of 20 years. Twenty years of exploring, photographing, seeing. Luong has captured the beauty of our world with a reverence and respect you can see throughout the book. As filmmaker Ken Burns says, “Luong’s revelatory photographs suggest that our ordinary equipment for seeing is missing something. Luong offers us a leg up to a new way of understanding Nature’s greatest gifts.”
QT Luong is known for being the first to photograph all 59 U.S. National Parks – in large format. Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan featured him in their PBS documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. His photographs are extensively published and have been the subject of large-format books, several magazine profiles, and solo gallery and museum exhibits across the country.