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Endframe – “Moencopi Strata, Capitol Reef” by Minor White

Guy Tal Discusses on of this Favourite Images

Guy Tal

Professional photographic artist, author and speaker working primarily in the Western US.


I can think of many images that I love and that influenced me in significant ways along my own photographic career. To call any one of them a favourite seems a bit disrespectful to the others, so perhaps it is worth starting with why I chose this one. Capitol Reef National Park, located in central Utah, is among the most remote and least-visited of the American National Parks. It was originally set aside as a National Monument on the same day as my birthday (albeit a few decades before I was born) and only became accessible by paved road in 1962, the same year Minor White made this image. Today, my house in the nearby town of Torrey faces this same road,State Highway 24. I first visited the park shortly after immigrating to the United States nearly two decades ago. I distinctly recall the drive down toward the park from nearby Boulder Mountain when, awed by the scenery, I commented to my travel companion that if I were ever to have the ability to pick any place in the world to live in, this would be it. At the time I did not know of Minor White. In the years since, this place had become more of a home to me than anywhere I had ever been. Without it I would not be the photographer – and person – that I am today.

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