Wednesday, May 14, 2008

'Lost Amazon' Opens At Smithsonian’s Museum

April 17, 2008 through October 31, 2008

Harvard botanist Richard Evan Schultes (1915-2001) spent 12 years in the Colombian Amazon during the 1940s and early 1950s with the goal of exploring territory previously untraveled by any modern naturalist. He spent these years mapping uncharted rivers, living among two dozen Indian tribes and collecting some 25,000 botanical specimens, including 300 new species and more than 2,000 medicinal plants.

The exhibition is based on the biographical essay “The Lost Amazon: The Photographic Journey of Richard Evans Schultes” written and produced by ethnobotanist Wade Davis and founder and director of the Govinda Gallery in Washington, D.C., Chris Murray. Thirty-eight black-and-white photographs by Schultes are on view, as well as his Rolleiflex camera, several herbarium specimens from the museum’s collection that he collected and personal items from the Schultes family.

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Ave., NW in Washington, D.C.

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