A Roving Genius of Mind & Mountains: Bradford Washburn, the Man Behind the Lens
While perhaps not as well known as some of his contemporaries from the famed Harvard 5, Bradford Washburn had a climbing and photography career that spanned 6 decades and charted new ground in various arenas.
So revolutionary in the art of landscape photography, Washburn's work even caught the eye and mouth of Ansel Adams, who wrote: "Bradford Washburn is one of the very few people who have combined spectacular experience in the wilderness with equally spectacular achievements in the world of civilization. One never knows what next to expect from this roving genius of mind and mountains."
The Boston Museum of Science – of which Washburn was the founder – currently has a special exhibit entitled Bradford Washburn: The Man Behind the Lens. On display are his famed K-22 camera and some of his hand-drawn maps, as well as a host of other memorabilia from his rich life.
So, if you're in the Boston area, be sure to visit the Museum of Science and learn more about Washburn.