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About Scot Miller
Scot Miller's interest in photography began in the early 1970's. Through his photography, he attempts to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of places such as Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, Walden, the Maine Woods, the Texas Hill Country and the Great Trinity Forest. Eighty-nine of his photographs illustrate "Walden: 150th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of the American Classic," published by Houghton Mifflin in 2004 and sixty-three of his photographs illustrate "Cape Cod: Illustrated Edition of the American Classic," published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2008. Publishing in April 2011, John Muir's "My First Summer in the Sierra: 100th Anniversary Illustrated Edition" with Foreword by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns and published in collaboration with Yosemite Conservancy features seventy-two of Scot's photographs plus twenty-one illustrations from the 1911 edition by John Muir.
In 2005, Scot collaborated with the Harvard Museum of Natural History to develop "Thoreau's Walden: A Journey in Photographs by Scot Miller," a traveling exhibition managed by the Cincinnati Museum Center that features twenty-nine of Scot's fine art photographs from the Walden book, plus interpretive materials. The exhibition is currently on a multi-year museum tour across the country.
Scot is also involved in a multi-year project photographing Yosemite's expansive backcountry wilderness areas with four other photographers, in cooperation with The Yosemite Fund, resulting in the publication of "First Light: Five Photographers Explore Yosemite's Wilderness", a book published in Summer 2009. He is currently photographing extensively in the Maine Woods, the Ozarks, Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada, and the Texas Hill Country, where he is Artist-in-Park for Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, located in Johnson City and Stonewall, Texas.
Scot's photography has been featured in publications and books including America's Famous and Historic Trees, America West Magazine, Cape Cod Life, D Magazine, National Wildlife, Steinway & Sons Magazine, Yosemite Magazine, Yosemite Fund Annual Reports, the National Park Service's Yosemite Valley Plan and other Yosemite-related projects, and the National Park Service's Special Resource Study of Walden Pond and Woods. Scot was also featured on "CBS Sunday Morning" with Charles Osgood. In addition, a selection of his large-format photographs of Italy are now being displayed in many Romano's Macaroni Grill restaurants throughout the country.
For the last fifteen years, Scot has found another way to further catalogue the beautiful scenery he photographs--he carries a digital video (now high-definition) camera system into the field, which can be a challenge when backpacking into the Yosemite backcountry or standing on frozen Walden Pond. His footage has been used extensively in many Yosemite Fund videos, in a recent video for the Walden Woods Project, narrated by Walter Cronkite, in a September 2004 story on "CBS Sunday Morning" with Charles Osgood, and in many news reports.
Scot lives in Dallas, Texas.
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From the photographer who brought Thoreau's Walden and Cape Cod to life comes a new work combining classic literature with brand-new photography. This time, Scot Miller takes on the seminal work of John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra. The book details Muir's first extended trip to the Sierra Nevada in what is now Yosemite National Park, a landscape that entranced him immediately and had a profound effect on his life. The towering waterfalls, natural rock formations, and abundant plant and animal life helped Muir develop his views of the natural world, views that would eventually lead him to push for the creation of the national parks.
My First Summer in the Sierra is illustrated with Miller's stunning photographs, showcasing the dramatic landscape of the High Sierra plus John Muir's illustrations from the original edition and several previously unpublished illustrations from his 1911 manuscript. The publication of My First Summer in the Sierra inspired many to journey there, and this newly illustrated edition will surely inspire many more.
This book is being published in collaboration with Yosemite Conservancy and, for each copy sold, Scot Miller is making a donation to Yosemite Conservancy. My First Summer in the Sierra won the National Outdoor Book Award.
In 1837, at the age of twenty, he graduated from Harvard, and for three years taught school in his home town. Then he applied himself to the business in which his father was engaged,—the manufacture of lead pencils. He believed he could make a better pencil than any at that time in use; but when he succeeded and his friends congratulated him that he had now opened his way to fortune he responded that he would never make another pencil. "Why should I?" said he. "I would not do again what I have done once."