Clyde Butcher’s work shown at Florida House in nation’s capital (includes video story)

American photographer Clyde Butcher is preserving two things: the environment and classical photography.

With the goal of educating others about the beauty of nature, Butcher has two permanent galleries in Florida. Until Jan. 31, 2025 his work will be displayed on the second floor of the Florida House, a privately owned education and information center located in Northeast Washington, D.C.

After the death of his son, Butcher, now 82, restored his soul through nature and began dedicating his work to the environment that had healed him.

Shying away from the new modern cameras, Butcher has kept his work traditional and remains committed to using his 12-pound Deardorff camera to exclusively take black and white photos.

“He’s preserving a type of art style but also combining that with doing environmental activism and trying to protect those lands at the same time,” said Claire King, the communications and development coordinator of the Florida House.

Sophia Bolivar is a senior at FIU majoring in digital journalism and focusing her studies on criminal justice. Sharing a love for both writing and photography has led her to pursue a career in journalism.