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Clyde Butcher to appear at exhibit launch at Leepa-Rattner

By Lennie Bennett

Times Art Critic

Clyde Butcher's large, lyrical photographic landscapes of Florida's wilderness areas are coming to the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art beginning Sunday, and Butcher himself will be there, too, for a 2 p.m. lecture and book signing.

For more than 25 years, Butcher has turned his lens on the natural world, especially the Everglades, and has become famous in the process. His success story, rooted in sorrow, has been told often. Butcher (born in 1942) began in architecture and moved to commercial photography. He moved from California to Florida and continued as a photographer working mostly in color. He and his wife were devastated by the death of their son in 1986, the victim of a drunken driver. He waded into the depths of the Everglades and found an elusive peace there and began creating large-format black and white photographs.

He is said to dislike comparisons to Ansel Adams — and there are important stylistic differences between the two — but the response their work generates in viewers is the same. Adams worked with mostly vertical topography of the great national parks in the western United States. Butcher's metier is the mostly horizontal planes of Florida. But Butcher instills the same grandeur into his swamps, beaches and pastures that Adams does with much more conducive subjects like towering rock faces and plunging valleys.

The exhibition, "Clyde Butcher's Photographs: Preserving Eden," features 36 photographs with information panels about the Everglades. A documentary about the photographer will be shown in continuous loop.

Lennie Bennett can be reached at or (727) 893-8293.

Clyde Butcher's Photographs: Preserving Eden

The exhibition opens at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College, 600 Klosterman Road, on Sunday and continues through Feb. 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. A suggested donation is $6 adults,

$5 seniors. Free for students, children and military families. Free admission on Sunday.

Clyde Butcher will be at the museum at 2 p.m. Sunday to discuss his work. Afterward, he will sign a selection of his books. The talk is free, but seating is limited. or (727) 712-5762.

Clyde Butcher to appear at exhibit launch at Leepa-Rattner 12/02/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 5:34pm]
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