“National Parks” still photographer Quang-Tuan Luong

Quang-Tuan Luong

Quang-Tuan Luong

In most films by Ken Burns like the Brooklyn Bridge, Jazz, The Civil War or Baseball he uses historical archive photographs that show us snap shots of time long past. And though there are plenty of old photos in his latest film “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” Burns also uses modern images taken by naturalist photographer Quang Toan Luong.
Luong’s images feature prominently in Burns’ National Parks film series due to premiere on PBS station nation wide in late September. Having visited all 58 National Parks at least three times each Luong’s photographs help to tell their story and show us clearly what they look like today. I had the pleasure of meeting Luong in San Francisco during a symposium on diversity hosted by the National Park Service called Parks For All. We met again at the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride Colorado a few later where I recorded this interview.

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I’m a freelance journalist that specializes in telling stories about outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, acts of charitable giving and practices of sustainable living.