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Barbara Bosworth

National Champion American Elm, Vermillion River, Louisville, Kansas
1990
gelatin silver print
7 11/16 x 19 7/16 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Consolidated Natural Gas Company Foundation

National champion trees, according to the American Forestry Association, are the largest known single example of a species in the country. Barbara Bosworth embarked on a project to photograph national champion trees in the early 1990s. Her large format black-and-white images relay her respect for these magnificent guardians of the landscape as well as her own love for the land.