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New Exhibit at the Museum of Florida History

Preserving Eden: Clyde Butcher’s Florida Photographs


The Department of State’s Museum of Florida History announces a new temporary exhibit, Preserving Eden: Clyde Butcher’s Florida Photographs, opening with a reception on February 9, at 5:30 p.m., and remaining on display through May 1, 2017. The exhibit consists of thirty large-format black and white photographs by internationally-renowned landscape photographer Clyde Butcher.

“Clyde Butcher is a Florida icon and has been called the Ansel Adams of the Everglades,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “I hope that everyone will come see this exhibit and learn about Florida’s wetlands, hammocks, and dunes, and about one of the best landscape photographers in the world.”



Image: Apalachicola River 1 © Clyde Butcher Galleries


Clyde Butcher has a deep passion for Florida’s environment that has led him to wade into waist-deep, alligator-infested water with his large-format cameras where he would stand for hours waiting for the perfect light. Butcher’s fine art photographs help us experience the beauty of some of Florida’s most inaccessible places.

Butcher uses large-format cameras, black and white film, and long exposures to capture the textures and intricate details of Florida’s lush landscapes. Developed in Butcher’s own custom-made darkroom, large images of up to 5 x 9 feet beckon the viewer to walk into the scene.

The opening reception includes remarks by Secretary Detzner and Museum Operations Director Dr. Jeana Brunson and live music by Sammy Tedder. Tedder worked with Clyde Butcher on three nature documentaries that featured Butcher’s works.

Throughout the run of the exhibit, the Museum will host several educational programs for people of all ages. For more information on programs, visit the Museum’s website at or call 850.245.6400. Share your exhibit experience on social media using #preservingeden.


About the Museum of Florida History
The Museum of Florida History is part of the Florida Department of State’s Office of External Affairs and is located in the R. A. Gray Building at 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday and holidays, noon to 4:30 p.m.  Free parking is available in the garage next to the R. A. Gray Building.