Landscape Photographer and Landscape Architect Alan Ward gifts archive to The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Alan Ward
Alan Ward. Photo © Alan Ward, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) announced today that it has been gifted the digital photographic archives of the preeminent landscape photographer and landscape architect Alan Ward, a principal at the Boston-based firm Sasaki and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Alan Ward Portfolios of Designed Landscapes (“Portfolios”), currently will include 110 individual Portfolios, each averaging fifteen to 30 images, for a total of approximately 2,500 photographs of parks, estates, memorials, gardens, university campuses, cemeteries, museums, botanical gardens, and other sites throughout the United States and twelve countries – Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, and Slovenia – taken over the space of nearly 50 years. The initiative begins with posting twenty Portfolios (detailed below), and it continues to grow – Ward recently photographed France’s iconic garden at Vaux-le-Vicomte. The digital archive, largely black and white photographs, will be the first housed at TCLF.

Alan Ward
Biltmore, Ashville,N.C. 1996. Photo © Alan Ward, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Alan Ward
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA,1996. Photo © Alan Ward, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The Portfolios will be accessible through the Alan Ward Portfolios of Designed Landscapes section of TCLF’s website and as part of the “Related Content” section of the individual site entries that make up the What’s Out There database, which currently features more than 2,600 cultural landscapes (and 13,000 images).

A growing collection of 2,500 photographs of designed landscapes taken over nearly 50 years throughout the U.S. and in twelve countries. Some of the 110 portfolios include:

  • Biltmore, Ashville, N.C. (Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., Olmsted Brothers, and others, landscape architects; Richard Morris Hunt, architect); 1996, 2022; 30 images;
  • Blenheim Palace Gardens, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, U.K. (Lancelot “Capability” Brown, landscape gardener; John Vanbrugh, Nicholas Hawksmoor, architects); 2007, 2014, 23 images;
  • Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. (Beatrix Farrand, landscape gardener, and others; Frederick H. Brooke, architect); 1984, 2022; 31 images;
  • Fountain Place, Dallas, TX (Dan Kiley, Peter Ker Walker, landscape architects; I.M. Pei & Partners, architects); 2013, 2022; 19 images;
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (multiple designers); 1977, 1996, 2022; 27 images;
  • John Deere Administrative Center, Moline, IL (Stuart Dawson, landscape architect; Eero Saarinen, Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo, architects); 1996; 18 images;
  • Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France (Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart, architect); 1985-1991; 27 images;
  • Places des Vosges, Paris, France; 1985, 1991-1993, 2009, 2023; 21 images;
  • Riverside, Riverside, IL (Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., Calvert Vaux, landscape architects); 1977, 1996; 17 images;
  • Sissinghurst, Cranbrook, Kent, U.K. (Vita Sackville-West, Harold Nicholson, owners and landscape designers); 1999, 2003; 32 images;
  • Vizcaya, Miami, FL (Diego Suarez, landscape architect; Francis Burrall Hoffman, architect, Paul Chalfin, artistic advisor); 1980-1981, 2000; 28 images.
Alan Ward
Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France, 1985. Photo © Alan Ward, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Alan Ward
Sissinghurst, Cranbrook, Kent, U.K., 1999. Photo © Alan Ward, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The Portfolios and individual images therein can be licensed and/or purchased for use by any third party; contact for details.

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