The allure of landscape photography has enchanted photographers and audiences since the early days of the art form. In fact, the oldest surviving photograph, by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce — perhaps one of the first photos ever taken, captures the view from a window looking out at his estate in France. Ever since what was possibly the very first attempt at landscape photography, this art has not only captured the beauty of the natural world, but also inspired people to take steps to protect the great outdoors.
In the United States for instance, Civil War veteran, painter, and geological survey photographer William Henry Jackson’s photographs of the American West brought distant wonders and spectacles of the landscape like the towering Teton Range, the geysers and hot springs of Yellowstone, and the Rocky Mountains to the forefront of the American imagination. Jackson’s images of what is now Yellowstone National Park encouraged Congress to name it as the very first