Proceedings – THE PRODUCTION OF PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL FOR USE IN THE PARKS

Proceedings of the First Park Naturalists’ Training Conference, November 1 to 30, 1929

 PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUAL EDUCATION

THE PRODUCTION OF PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL FOR USE IN THE PARKS

Discussion led by George A. Grant

In an informal way, Mr. Grant told of the work now being done in the laboratories at Educational Headquarters. He also briefly described his field work, accentuating the main objective, which is to secure ad equate material for the use of the educational staff in the parks. A secondary objective is to produce scenic views which may be used for publication, advertising, etc., when this use is approved by the Park Service.

Mr. Grant urged all park naturalists to make photographs in their own parks, as it is impossible for one field man to secure negatives of all subjects for each park. Furthermore, certain photographs can only be secured at a certain time and place; the park naturalists are in a position to secure such pictures, whereas the photographer from Educational Headquarters can photograph only what is available at the park at the time he is in the field.

It was reported that Mr. Grant is working upon complete sets of prints from all negatives now available. Sets of these prints will be sent to the park superintendents and park naturalists may order lantern slides by number. These lantern slides will be furnished free and will be turned out as rapidly as possible.

The park naturalists briefly discussed other sources of photographic materials. Frequently pictures of wild animals and other rare subjects can be secured by borrowing negatives from the photographers. Other subjects can occasionally be purchased from park photographers, although with few exceptions their material is largely scenic. It was stated that the National Geographic Society will furnish lantern slides of pictures which have been published in their magazine; orders should state the date of the magazine and page.

 

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