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“It is not as if our exquisite National Parks need any help in the beauty department, but Luong's revelatory photographs suggest that our ordinary equipment for seeing is missing something. Luong offers us a leg up to a new way of understanding Nature's greatest gifts.”
— Ken Burns, director and co-producer of The National Parks: America's Best Idea
“Treasured Lands is the culmination of a multi-decade effort that showcases the national parks in all their natural splendor and diversity. The work serves as a memorable statement of the importance and value of protecting the parks and an inspiring invitation to those who have yet to fulfill their curiosity and discover all the remarkable wonders that can only be found in these special places.”
— Will Shafroth, president, National Park Foundation
"No one has captured the vast beauty of America's landscape as comprehensively."
— New York Times
With over 600 breathtaking photographs, 140,000+ words and featuring 63 maps, Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey through America's National Parks is widely recognized as the most complete photography book about all 62 U.S. National Parks.
The winner of 13 national and international book awards, QT Luong's rich visual essay of American heritage pays tribute to the millions of acres of protected wilderness and historical heritage in all our country's 62 national parks, including the three designated since the award-winning first edition was published in 2016, Gateway Arch, Indiana Dunes and White Sands.
QT Luong, who is featured in Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan's PBS documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, is the most prolific and versatile photographer working in the national parks today and the only one to have made large-format photographs in each of America’s 62 parks. This updated and expanded version of his national parks book adds 28 more pages and 32 new locations while revising all the maps.
In an odyssey that spanned more than a quarter century and 300 visits, Luong ventured through each park with cameras at the ready, capturing the majesty and unique beauty of the nation’s preserved habitats.
From canyons and deserts to glaciers and reefs, the photographer focused his lenses on spectacular iconic landscapes and rarely seen remote spots, presenting his journey in this sumptuous gallery of more than 600 breathtaking images that are so sharp and have so much detail, they are the next best thing to being there.
Including an introduction by award-winning author and documentary filmmaker Dayton Duncan, Treasured Lands is a rich visual tour of the US National Parks and an invaluable guide from a photographer who hiked (and sometimes paddled, dived, skied, snowshoed, or climbed) each park, shooting in all kinds of terrain, through all seasons, and at all times of day and night.
Designed to inspire visitors to connect with the parks and invite photographers to re-create these landscapes,Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey through America's National Parks, keeps America’s natural wonders ever within reach.
Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey through America's National Parks, QT Luong’s timeless gallery of the nation’s most revered landscapes is the perfect gift for the nature lover, armchair traveler, or photography enthusiast in your family.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
QT Luong is a photographer and author known for being the first to photograph all 62 US National Parks—in large format.
He is featured in the PBS film The National Parks: Americaʼs Best Idea, and has been profiled in National Geographic Explorer, Outdoor Photographer, and Parks magazines. His photographs, which are the subject of four pictorial books, have appeared in Time, Life, Outside, Scientific American, GEO, numerous National Geographic publications, and hundreds of others worldwide.
Luong’s limited-edition prints are widely collected, and his ongoing traveling exhibition of large prints from all the national parks has shown in museums and galleries nationwide and abroad. He lives in San Jose, California, with his wife and two children.
Dayton Duncan, author and documentary filmmaker, wrote and co-produced, with Ken Burns, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, for which he won two Emmy Awards and was named honorary park ranger by the director of the National Park Service. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, American Heritage magazine, the Old Farmerʼs Almanac, and many other publications.
He is the author of twelve books and has collaborated on Ken Burns's films for twenty years as a writer, producer, and consultant. Dayton lives in Walpole, NH with his family.