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Born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1936, David Halpern’s passion for the American landscape began when his family first traveled west in 1952, and reached its intensity in the early 1970s when he moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, left his career in advertising and marketing and began a new life as a photographer and writer. Since then, he has exhibited his work regularly in galleries and museums across the nation and has lectured and taught photography both in college classrooms and in field seminars. He has served twelve times as a national park artist-in-residence, and his photographs are in numerous public and private collections, including those of the National Park Service and the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa.

Though his primary interest is the natural environment, Halpern is also known for his architectural photography, and his book credits include Pilgrim Eye (2007)—a revealing journey through fifty years of photography—and two award winning editions of Tulsa Art Deco (1979 and 2001).

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The Centennial Anniversary of Our National Parks