Tom Blagden Jr. is the official photographer for Grand Canyon Expeditions. He is the photographic author of eight books, including Rizzoli's Acadia National Park. His images have appeared in numerous exhibits and magazines, including on the covers of Smithsonian, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, Nature Conservancy, and Sierra. He has served on the board of the Nature Conservancy of South Carolina and is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and the North American Nature Photography Association.
As one of the Wonders of the World and the most iconic national park in America, the Grand Canyon enthralls six million visitors each year. Only a small fraction of those people, however, have the privilege of experiencing the canyon by rafting down the Colorado River.
What started as an exceptional opportunity for Tom Blagden to raft through The Canyon in 2006 with Rod Nash at the oars has evolved into a passionate photographic pursuit that still continues. The route--the River--is the same every time but the experience constantly variable and deeply profound. Rafters never tire of it and, if anything, feel more in awe of the Canyon's magnificence with each trip.
Tom Blagden's images and Rod Nash's essay reveal the canyon from a different perspective portraying what it's like to be on the river and immersed a mile deep, surrounded by rock almost half the age of the earth. On the centennial of Grand Canyon National Park it seems only fitting that we journey together with photographer Thomas Blagden Jr. to this unique place through the images he took for this astonishing book.
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