Ansel Hall

In the middle of the Great Depression, Ansel Hall set out on a mission to show people the wonders and beauties of the American Southwest--beauties in need of preservation. Battling the elements, the economy, Native American tribes, ranchers, and bureaucrats, Hall managed, along with his team of scientists, naturalists, and photographers, to convince the world that this land needed to be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations. Recently, Hall’s grandson, Jack Turner of Durango, released a book entitled Landscapes on Glass. The highlight of the book, which is available for loan from the Water Information Program lending library, is the reproductions of the intricate, hand-painted lantern slides that were used in Hall’s presentations. Originally taken as black-and-white photographs, the transparent pictures were hand-tinted using tiny brushes and magnifying glasses before being encased between two pieces of glass. The vibrant pieces give readers a new eye for the beauty of the Southwest, much like they did during Hall’s campaigns.