Travel back in time for more than a century and break trail into unchartered andscapes to meet the men who first photographed the West.
Release date: Monday, March 1st, 1999
They dove head-long into an unknown world of myth and legend. They were on the cutting edge of a nation freed from war, a country desperately seeking its future. They went where few had dared venture before. And when they returned, they changed forever the way the nation viewed itself. Join KUED for a groundbreaking look at the men who first photographed the American West. Travel back in time more than a century, and break trail into uncharted landscapes to meet three of the men who captured images of a land considered a mystery by most Americans: William Henry Jackson, Jack Hillers, and Timothy O'Sullivan. Join them as they explore Yellowstone. Climb with them as they capture the towering peaks of the Teton and Rocky Mountains. Watch the early boats clatter down the Colorado River as it carves a timeless path through the Grand Canyon. And see the West undergo dramatic changes as photographers document the transformation of the landscape...and the transformation of the Native Americans who were deemed roadblocks to progress. It was the television of its day. A delicate process of capturing images in the roughest of landscapes. The Frontier Photographers, a 90-minute documentary, was written, directed, and produced by Ken Verdoia, co-produced and edited by Nancy Green. Amherst College professor Martha Sandweiss served as consulting historian.
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