Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks


It is said that a photograph helped launch the national parks. After Congress viewed Carleton Watkins’s photos of Yosemite, President Lincoln was moved to sign the Yosemite Valley Grant Act in 1864, a bill that also paved the way for the US National Park Service, now celebrating its centennial. In this fitting tribute to the more than 84 million acres of protected wilderness, QT Luong presents Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks.

Luong, who is featured in Ken Burns’s documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, is one of today’s most prolific and versatile national park photographers and the only one known to have made large-format photographs in each of America’s 59 parks. In an odyssey spanning more than 20 years and 300 visits, Luong focused his lenses on iconic landscapes and remote spots, presenting his journey in a sumptuous gallery of more than 400 breathtaking images. Accompanying the gallery is a guide that includes a map for each park, showing where the shots were taken and providing anecdotes and natural history. With a foreword by award-winning author Dayton Duncan, Treasured Lands is a rich visual tour of the US National Parks.

Winner of the Independent Publisher “IPPY” Award for Best Coffee-Table Book of 2016
Winner of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Arts/Photography Book of 2016
2016 Nautilus Award Winner, Silver in category Photography/Art
Winner of the National Indie Excellence Awards for Best Photography Book of 2016
Winner of the PubWest Design Awards 2017 for Best Photography Book
Foreword INDIES Book of the Year 2016: Nature Gold Winner, Travel Silver Winner

Author's Bio

QT Luong is known for being the first to photograph all 59 US National Parks—in large-format. Ken Burns featured him in The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. His photographs have been the subject of two large-format books, several magazine profiles, and solo gallery and museum exhibits. Luong lives in San Jose, California.

Dayton Duncan was the writer and coproducer of The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, a documentary produced by Ken Burns. He’s also been involved with other series directed by Burns, including The Civil War, Horatio’s Drive, Baseball, and Jazz.



Additional information

Dimensions 9.7 × 12.6 in
Photographs By

QT Luong

Number of Pages


Published On

October 8, 2016

Foreword By

Dayton Duncan


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