Ed Wargin
 

The Great Lakes Film Collection

Special heritage and cultural surveys included in the collection:

 

 
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The Fresh Coast Landscape Film Photographs

Series:  The landscape of the Great Lakes as experienced through the lens of Ed Wargin over thirty years time. These artistic film plates of the American and Canadian Coastal District landscapes tell the narrative of the Great Lakes region as a whole.

 

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The Voelker's Pond Film Photographs

Series: John Voelker was a Michigan Supreme Court Justice and an American fly fishing icon—but to avid readers of 1950s bestsellers, he was also known as Robert Traver, the author of the award-winning classics Anatomy of a Murder and Trout Madness. The Voelker's Pond Series was a visual film study of his hidden one-room cabin and fish camp nestled in the deep woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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The Legends of Light Film PHotographs

Series: The Legends of Light series was the artistic visual study of some of the public and private Great Lakes lighthouses located throughout Michigan's famed four lighthouse coasts.

 

 

 
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THE GREAT LAKES COTTAGE FILM PHOTOGRAPHS

Series: The color reversal film photographs in this survey examine the cottages, camps and cabins of the Great Lakes as well as the boathouses, wooden power boats, landscapes, wooded trails, and beaches of the lifestyle, all in the search for the true definition of their meaning.  

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THE SPIRIT OF THE LAND FILM PHOTOGRAPHS

Series: The Spirit of the Land film photographs is an artistic visual film study of unique landscape features from one of the greatest Great Lakes states, Michigan. 

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THE MACKINAC ISLAND FILM PHOTOGRAPHS

Series: The Mackinac Island film was conceived by Ed Wargin to make photographs of this historic island in the heart of the Great Lakes in all of its splendor, over the course of one full year. 

 
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THE AU SABLE LONG BOAT FILM PHOTOGRAPHS

Series: The Au Sable Longboat film plates were part of an editorial assignment by Ed Wargin to make photographs of this historic and culturally significant Au Sable River, famed trout waters of the Great lakes. This invitation allowed Wargin to photograph one of Michigan's famed boat builders and one of North America's most prolific fly rod builders. 

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THE PANORAMIC FILM PHOTOGRAPHS

Series: Working with the Hasselblad X Pan camera, a petite 135mm panoramic camera known for its stunning film photographs, Ed Wargin explored using this panoramic rangefinder camera, highlighting the unique perspective of the dramatic scenes provided by sweeping Great Lakes coastlines. 

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LEOPOLD'S LES CHENEAUX FILM PHOTOGRAPHS

Series: Little known to many, young Aldo Leopold spent his childhood summers at a cottage in Lake Huron's Les Cheneaux Islands district, an archipelago of 32 islands. This Americana film work captures a narrow glimpse into a rarely seen side of the historic Great Lakes. 


 

The Great Lakes Film Collection  Sampling of Film Plates 

Click on each photograph or its corresponding link below to view a cross-section of film plates contained in the collection. 

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*To inquire about acquisition opportunities of The Great Lakes Film Collection, see below.

 
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There are gentle places on this earth where time is measured in the counting of waves, and truths are told during the falling of sunlight.

Such places on this earth cannot be visited and then blindly left behind, for any person who witnesses such raw intimations of earth and water is left divinely affected, commencing to measure the rest of their days not by number, but by the depth of their longing to return to that place forever. That is the power of the fresh coast.
— Photographer Ed Wargin

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