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Opuntia Trunks, Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos Islands, April 28, 1966 (P1990.51.2324.1)  Starfish, San Cristbal Island, Galápagos Islands, May 23, 1966 (P1990.51.2424.1)
Land Iguana, Cartago Bay, Isabela, Galápagos Islands, May 8, 1966 (P1990.51.2488.1)  Crab Scratchings, James Bay, Galápagos Islands, April 1, 1966 (P1990.51.2282.1)
  • Porter was drawn to the Galápagos Islands, a small and remote group of islands along the equator off the coast of Ecuador. Fascinated by the islands’ unique and diverse ecology and their historical significance as the foundation of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, he traveled there in 1966.
  • He photographed close-ups of the islands’ varied animal species, plants, and terrain.
  • Porter wanted to create a photographic book to make people aware of the need to protect the islands. The idea appealed to Sierra Club Executive Director David Brower, who was interested in starting an Earth National Park conservation campaign. In 1968 the Sierra Club published Porter’s island portrait Galápagos: The Flow of Wildness.
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