Podcast: Photography and the National Parks Centennial


On August 25, the National Parks Service celebrates its 100th Anniversary, and we celebrate the parks and all that they have provided to photography over the years. From early photographers documenting natural wonders to persuade Congress of the value of a park system, to legendary landscape photographers such as Ansel Adams, to the countless tourist snapshots of Old Faithful, and even to Apple’s ubiquitous Half Dome wallpaper, photography and the National Parks have always been intertwined, and our guests understand this as well as anyone. Chris Nicholson is the author of Photographing National Parks, and Kerry Gallivan is the founder of Chimani, an app designed to help users explore and enjoy each National Park. Our discussion touches upon park protocol as it applies to photographers, gear and location tips, the ethics of nature photography, and we celebrate a national achievement and the gift that has been given to generations of photographers.

Photograph above © Chris Nicholson 

Guests: Chris Nicholson and Kerry Gallivan





Photographs © Chris Nicholson





Images courtesy of Chimani

Kelly Gallivan, Allan Weitz, and Chris Nicholson
Kerry Gallivan, Allan Weitz, and Chris Nicholson


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Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Lawrence Neves


So glad I chanced upon your podcast, as I'm planning our photography trek into Yellowstone mid-September. And really excited to learn about Chimani. Having an interactive National Park Guide that is readily accessible while in the park is going to be a Godsend. Thank you for the work you've put into this App. This will make the photography time we have to spend in the park even more productive.

Erick.  Thanks so much for the comment, happy to have you as a listener and please subscribe on iTunes if you have the chance.  Yes, Chimani is a wonderful app, I couldn't agree more.  Happy hiking!  

loved your show, I have been a full time photographer for 30 years and found your segment very imformative. My son has lived in Montana for the last 6 years and we have been hiking and camping since then visiting several the national parks out west.  Keep up the good work.

Thank you very much for the comment Michael.  We really appreciate the feedback and its great to get to know some of our listeners.  What kind of gear do you shoot with, especially when out in the parks?