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If you've ever been hiking around the mountains of Western North Carolina, you have a Japanese immigrant photographer named George Masa to thank. For two decades, Masa, often referred to as the "Ansel Adams of the Smokies," photographed and mapped numerous uncleared trails in the Appalachian Mountains, work that was influential in the creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
In George Masa’s Wild Vision: A Japanese Immigrant Imagines Western North Carolina, poet and environmental organizer Brent Martin explores the locations Masa visited, using first-person narratives to contrast, lament, and exalt the condition of the landscape the photographer so loved and worked to interpret and protect. The book includes seventy-five of Masa’s photographs, accompanied by Martin’s reflections on Masa’s life and work.
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