Gracing the top-five list of popular subjects in photography, the landsape holds a special place in the heart of any photographer. Whether it’s a sweeping view on the latest roadtrip or an iconic spot in a national park, the camera has always made the perfect tool for capturing the natural world. All of that, it turns out, is for good reason: landscapes, the most static of subjects, let us compose an image without the risk of things changing too quickly. In fact, some of the earliest photographs are landscape shots as it allowed for the long exposures necessary.

Photography has come a long way since then, yet the pull of the landscape keeps drawing artists in. So throw on that favorite pair of hiking shoes and get ready to discover three artists who each explored the landscape in their own creative way:

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Special thanks to the artists Francis Frith, Millee Tibbs and Ansel Adams. 

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