Red Tree, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
© 1990 Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser

Eliot Porter
American, October 7, 1967
Dye transfer print
23 1/2 x 18 11/16 in.

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Porter's portrait of a tree with brilliant red fall foliage is meant to inspire preservation of the land for its beauty. Between the late 1930s, when the first popular color film was invented, and the mid-1970s, Porter dedicated himself to photographing nature. Remarkable for its subtle luminosity, his work was published in concert with conservation efforts and contributed to widespread acceptance of color photographs as art.