Quang -Tuan Luong, better known as QT Luong, has been one of my favorite landscape/nature photographers since I first discovered his website back in the early 2000’s. He has logged an incredible journey to pursue the craft of photography, having traveled the world over, and most notably to EVERY national park in the United States. His work is voluminous as can be experienced at his website TerraGaleria. Now, for the first time, his timeless images of our parks are available in a magnificent coffee table book, Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey through America’s National Parks.
Born in Paris, France, from Vietnamese parents, QT earned his PhD from the University of Paris and while studying there he spent his free time hiking the French Alps. This experience stoked his love of nature and wanted to record his experiences some way so he took up photography. After earning his doctorate he found himself in Berkley, California conducting research on artificial intelligence. He soon started visiting nearby Yosemite National Park on a regular basis, fell in love with the American concept of national parks, and started to photograph them. Thus began his odyssey to visit as many parks as humanly possible, maybe getting to see them all one day. At much personal expense and effort, he crisscrossed the country for years documenting on film what he saw, what inspired him. We are now certainly the beneficiaries of his determination. Over time the knowledge he gained about our parks and the beautiful scenic treasures they hold did not go unnoticed. Impressed by this, Ken Burns, the legendary PBS documentary film producer/director and his partner Dayton Duncan contacted QT when they began doing the preliminary research for their PBS series “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”. QT was soon asked to provide consultation on the parks and was even featured in the documentary series.
The book is not just a compendium of inspiring landscape imagery, it is a very well laid out reference with the contents divided by geographical region. Detailed notes are provided for each park followed by a series of amazing photos of each location. QT uses large format film cameras so the detail of these images is outstanding. They certainly stand up to the best digital photograph imagery.
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