Photos: The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Images from Ken Burns's latest documentary
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 24, 2009


As revealed in The National Parks: America's Best Idea, a six-part, 12-hour film by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, George Masa (pictured here photographing the Great Smoky Mountains), a Japanese immigrant, helped the crusade to create Great Smoky Mountains National Park with his scenic photographs of the region.

Credit: George Ellison.

READ: Holy landscapes! Ken Burns worships America’s spiritual resource. By Clif Garboden.
READ:Interview: Ken Burns. By Clif Garboden.
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