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Anyone visiting the National Parks is overwhelmed by the beauty of the natural sights and the inspiration for beautiful photographs.   The Center for Lifelong Learning is privileged to host a presentation by Ren and Helen Davis about the first photographer for the National Park Service, George Alexander Grant. The program is co-sponsored by the Rossmoor Camera Club and will take place in Clubhouse 1 Tuesday, November 12th at 2:00 PM. Admission is free, but register with E&R to assure adequate seating.

 Ren and Helen are natives of Atlanta, Georgia and are visiting in the DC for the week in which they are scheduled to be ion Leisure World. Their presentation is based on a book they have researched and written, entitled  “Landscapes for the People.” This book, the culmination of three years of research in the Park Service photographic archives, the Western Archaeological Conservation Center, the National Archives, the Center for Creative Photography, and other sites, profiles the work of George Grant, the first staff, and later first chief, photographer of the National Park Service. The oversize book includes a biography of Grant and more than 170 iconic black -and white images taken during his career with the Park Service (1922, 1929-54). Grant's photographs were often mistaken for the work of his better known contemporary and colleague, Ansel Adams; yet Grant remained an 'unknown elder' in the field of American landscape photography as nearly all of his published images were simply credited, 'National Park Service'. The book was released in September 2015 to coincide with the 2016 Park Service Centennial commemoration.

Ren Davis is a native of Atlanta with a B.A. in History from Emory University and a master's in Public Health from Tulane University. He served in Administration at Crawford Long Hospital and Emory Healthcare from 1976 until retirement in 2009. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Heroes in Healthcare Ethics Award from the Healthcare Ethics Consortium of Georgia. He is currently the board chair for the Healthcare Ethics Consortium based at the Emory Center for Ethics.

 Helen Davis is a native of Lewistown, Pennsylvania. She received a B.S. in Family and Child Development, from The Ohio State University, a master’s in education from Georgia State University, and a Diploma in Advanced Studies for Teachers from Emory University. She taught in the Atlanta Public Schools from 1980 – 2001, then taught children with learning disabilities at Greenfield Hebrew Academy until retiring in 2009.

As freelance writers and photographers, Ren and Helen Davis have co-authored seven guidebooks and more than 100 magazine and newspaper articles (see “Landscapes for the People,” in June,2016, received the American Library Association's INDIEFAB Gold Medal as the most outstanding photography book published in 2015 by an independent or academic press.

Residents are invited to attend the program and learn more about both photography and the National Parks.