Monday, October 19, 2009

History Center Welcomes Carlton Ward, Jr.

The Tampa Bay History Center is pleased to welcome acclaimed photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. for the next installment of the Florida Conversations Lecture Series, Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the History Center’s TECO Hall, where a collection of Ward’s photographs are on display.

The History Centers museum store is the first retailer to carry Ward's new book, Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier, which documents Florida’s rural ranchlands, quite a contrast to more familiar, cosmopolitan views of the state. His stunning photographs, complemented by twenty historical, cultural, and environmental essays from Dana Ste Claire, Joe Akerman, The Nature Conservancy, Audubon of Florida, and the Seminole Tribe, among others, celebrate the grit and raw beauty of the Florida heartland and its enduring cowboys.

Carlton Ward, Jr. is an eighth-generation Floridian from a pioneering ranching family. An ecologist by training, Ward regularly produces stories for newspapers and magazines, including Smithsonian, GEO, National Wildlife, Africa Geographic, Nature Conservancy and Outdoor Photographer. He began his career as a travel photographer for the St. Petersburg Times in 2001. Ward was featured in the June 2008 issue of Popular Photography as one of three photographers working to save vanishing America. Ward is a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and founded the Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC) in 2004 to promote Florida conservation through the necessary collaboration of science and art.

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