Robert Glenn Ketchum
(Los Angeles, California, 1947 - )
Lives Los Angeles
An artist and an environmental advocate, Robert Glenn Ketchum has produced photographic series integral to conservation efforts across the United States and Canada. He earned a B.A. in design from the University of California, Los Angeles, spending his free time as a student photographing rock musicians at clubs on the Sunset Strip. After honing his technical skills at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, Ketchum graduated with an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1974. He served as curator of photography for the National Park Foundation for 15 years, but left the post to concentrate on advocacy through his own photographic work. His 1986 publication, The Tongass: Alaska’s Vanishing Rain Forest, helped convince lawmakers to pass the Tongass Timber Reform Bill of 1990, which established protection of old growth tress in the world’s largest temperate rainforest. Ketchum is a founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, a non-profit organization formed in 2005 to further environmental conservation through photography. In 2010, the United States secretary of the interior awarded Ketchum the Partners in Conservation Award. His work is in the collection of many institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC.