About the Book
Thirteen time national parks artist-in-residence David Halpern writes, "For years, people have asked me to tell them which of our national parks is my favorite, and I've always explained that naming one would be like showing favoritism among my children. Each is different, unique and special. My feelings about each national park are as diverse as the parks themselves. Nonetheless, the time has come for me to admit that I do have a favorite and to explain why and how I came to appreciate it in a singular way."
A Timeless Challenge contains text drawn from the photographer's experience and journal entries, along with an introduction by Paul Zaenger, Supervisory Park Ranger, and seventy-four black and white and color photographs of Black Canyon of the Gunnison made between 1989 and 2018.
Halpern hiked the canyon extensively, climbing from its rims to the river and made large format images that even the pioneer photographers never attempted.
B. Nashville TN, 1936. B.A. Vanderbilt University, 1958. From 1958 to 1972 pursued a career in advertising, marketing and public relations. In 1973, I began to work as a free-lance writer and photographer and in 1974 was given my first one-man show. One man exhibits since 1974 include at least one per year at venues across the nation. Frequent workshop instructor. Images included in several collections, including those of the Gilcrease Museum (Tulsa), Philbrook Museum of Art (Tulsa), The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (St. Louis), and the National Park Service. Served 13 times as a National Park Service Artist-in-Residence since 1984 . From 1992-1998, "By a Clearer Light," my solo exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of the National Park Service traveled to 40 locations throughout the US. Principal book credits includeTulsa Art Deco (1980 and 2001), Pilgrim Eye (2007), See website for complete bio.