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Ferns, Moss, Dripping Water, Redbud Canyon, San Juan River, Glen Canyon, Utah, May 25, 1962 (P1990.51.5100)  Sunrise on River, Navajo Creek, Glen Canyon, Utah, August 27, 1961 (P1990.51.4998.1)
Small Stream Erosions, Coyote Gulch, Utah, August 14, 1971 (P1990.51.5452.1)  Plunge Pool, Cathedral in the Desert, Clear Creek off the Escalante River, Glen Canyon, Utah, August 23, 1964 (P1990.51.5266.2)
  • In 1960 Santa Fe poet Spud Johnson invited Porter on a rafting trip down the Colorado River through Glen Canyon in southeastern Utah. The canyon fascinated the artist. He traveled down Glen Canyon eleven times between 1960 and 1971.
  • Porter created a colorful close-up portrait of the canyon through the colors and shapes found on canyon walls, plants, and in water reflections.
  • Glen Canyon was about to be flooded behind a new dam. After seeing Porter's first photographs of the canyon, Sierra Club Executive Director David Brower asked the photographer to quickly make a book that would show the beauty about to be lost in this spectacular landscape. Brower sent the book, The Place No One Knew: Glen Canyon on the Colorado (1963), to President Johnson, the secretary of the interior, and every member of Congress; he enclosed a plea to halt completion of the dam.
  • The book did not stop the closure. However, it triggered important public and government support for limiting further dam construction on western rivers.
  • Porter continued to visit Glen Canyon even after it was flooded.
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