Booth Western Art Museum’s exhibition highlights Ted Turner’s conservation efforts documented in photographs by his son Rhett.
The Booth Western Art Museum, in Cartersville, Georgia, presents Conserving America’s Wildlands: The Vision of Ted Turner - Photography by Rhett Turner.
© Rhett Turner, Big Horn Sheep, Amendaris Ranch, New Mexico, Courtesy of Rhett Turner and Rizzoli Books
Rhett Turner is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and highly acclaimed photographer. He is also the son of legendary media mogul Ted Turner. The elder Turner is one of the largest private landowners in America and a passionate advocate for land and wildlife conservation. A new photography book published by Rizzoli, New York, shares the same title as the exhibition. Both feature Rhett’s amazing photographs shot on 23 Turner family properties. They also celebrate Ted’s historic conservation efforts across 2 million acres, ranging from the Rocky Mountains and Dakota prairies to the foothills and coastal plains of the Southeast.
© Rhett Turner, Bison, McGinley, Nebraska, Courtesy of Rhett Turner and Rizzoli Books
Rhett’s dramatic landscape images and wildlife portraits illustrate ways in which private land stewardship, practiced for the benefit of native species and done in an economically sustainable way, can be successful. The exhibition also chronicles the variety of wilderness areas preserved by his father, and begins with “The Southeast,” including Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. These are some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in all of North America with swamps, rivers, lakes, old growth forests, and barrier island habitats. Over the past four decades, Ted Turner has reintroduced and/or nurtured endangered species in these areas such as whooping cranes, monarch butterflies, long leaf pine trees, and Florida panthers. The exhibition gives similar attention to Turner holdings and what Rhett calls “Bisonland” and “The Rocky Mountains.”
© Rhett Turner, St. Phillip Island, South Carolina, Courtesy of Rhett Turner and Rizzoli Books
This exhibition celebrates the efforts of Ted Turner to preserve America’s precious lands and endangered species. On view through March 26, 2023, the Booth Museum invites you to come view these remarkable photographs!