Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography
text by Stephen Trimble
(Northland Publishing, 2006)

2006 Southwest Books of the Year:
"Splashy, colorful, thoughtful...this luminous volume is a celebration... an exceptional book."

2007 New Mexico Book Award, Best Arts Book

2007 Benjamin Franklin Award for excellence in independent publishing

2007 Western Heritage Award, Outstanding Photography Book. National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

2007 Finalist, ForeWord Magazine Photography Book of the Year

Purchase: IndieBound, Powell's, Amazon

Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography brings readers into the hearts of great photographers as they devote years to seeing, really seeing, the Grand Canyon. Their images fill this book, and their stories bring to life their pictures from the 125 years that photographers have explored the Canyon. Stephen Trimble interviewed 21 of the finest contemporary Grand Canyon photographers, and these profiles bring to life the relationship between artist and landscape, between dedicated artists and an American icon they have helped to create. A fascinating narrative history of photography at Grand Canyon places these contemporary artists in context. Lasting Light celebrates what all of us learn every time we peer through a viewfinder at this enduring treasure we call Grand Canyon.

Contributing photographers:

The Early & Middle Years: Timothy O’Sullivan, Jack Hillers, Robert Brewster Stanton, Ellsworth and Emery Kolb, Eliot Porter, Ansel Adams, Josef Muench, Ernst Haas, Philip Hyde, Bob Clemenz, Dick Dietrich, David Muench

The Contemporaries: Jerry Jacka, Robert McDonald, John Running, Jack Dykinga, James Cowlin, John Blaustein, Gary Ladd, Sue Bennett, Tom Bean, Alfredo Conde & Sherri Curtis, Liz Hymans, Tom Till, Larry Ulrich, Michael Collier, Stephen Trimble, Mark Klett, Michael “Nick” Nichols, Randy Prentice, Tom Brownold, George H.H. Huey, Dugald Bremner, Kate Thompson

Extending the View: David Edwards, Larry Lindahl, Raechel Running, Marc Muench, Christine Keith, Geoff Gourley, Kyle George, Paul Leatherbury, Mike Buccheit, Jay Showers

Interview for

Podcast: Steve's interview with Nancy Stoffer for Durango, Colorado NPR

Excerpt: Steve's tribute to Philip Hyde

Lasting Light Photo Exhibit Schedule

The Lasting Light photo exhibit opened at the historic Kolb Studio at Grand Canyon in Summer 2006. The show began touring nationally through the Smithsonian SITES program in 2008. When the California University of Pennsylvania hung the exhibit in Fall 2011, Steve spoke on campus to an auditorium filled with middle-schoolers, a graphic design class, and the university trustees. Cal U filmed this celebration of Lasting Light.


"...the best book of photographs I've seen in years. Trimble's accomplished style with words doesn't let down his pictures or his vision."
The Durango Herald

"If ever a place was designed for the artist, it is the Grand Canyon. It has everything: the spectacular colors of Marble Canyon that attracted Philip Hyde, the plunging abyss of the South Rim that inspired Josef Muench, and the quiet river edges that caught the ever-watchful eye of Eliot Porter. Lasting Light captures all that splendor and successfully engages the reader in a quiet regard for the beauty and splendor and mystery of the universe. "
John Murray, The Bloomsbury Review

"The vast spaces and close confines of the Grand Canyon, from rim to canyon floor, are given their due in Lasting Light. This book, made all the more beautiful by author Stephen Trimble's words, is an homage complet to a much-loved space."

"The Grand Canyon's vastness can be difficult to capture...but the 46 photographers showcased in this historical overview succeed gloriously. Stories...and interviews...add depth and context..."
Sierra Magazine

"...though the place is familiar, the presentation in this book is fresh and exciting...a gorgeous sample of the work of forty-seven Canyon photographers..."
Natural History

"...the Grand Canyon's luster is palpable in this oversize book. For a great lesson in landscape photography from the towering heights of the Grand Canyon, Lasting Light is worth the climb."
ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) Bulletin

"This wonderful book is much more than a coffee-table collection of beautiful Grand Canyon scenes in splendid color. Trimble's historical narrative provides important background to contextualize these photographers wihin their changing times while the biographies and portfolios serve as mini-seminars with each artist."
Journal of the West

"The story behind each photo is as lovely as the photograph. You can’t help but touch the pages, hoping somehow to touch the past."

Steve at the "Cowboy Oscars" at the National Cowboy Museum, where "Lasting Light" won a Wrangler Award  

Havasu Falls, from "Lasting Light"  

Cataract Canyon rim, from "Lasting Light"  

moonset over Vermilion Cliffs, from "Lasting Light"