Hugh Morton's North Carolina

By Hugh Morton

Foreword by William Friday

Hugh Morton's North Carolina

224 pp., 8 x 10, 126 color / 138 b&w photographs, index

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-8078-2832-8
    Published: September 2003

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Hugh Morton has had a long and active public life as an environmentalist, developer, and promoter of tourism. His favorite role, however, is that of news photographer. Hugh Morton's North Carolina gathers hundreds of photographs from his sixty-year career, including unpublished images from his personal collection and many well-known images of the state's people and places.

The collection is divided into three sections. "Scenes" ranges from the coast to the mountains, including many of Morton's famous images of wildflowers, wildlife, and state landmarks. "People and Events" features state and national politicians, educators, business professionals, and media figures. The "Sports" section reflects Morton's passion for athletics, with a particular focus on college basketball and football. Informative captions throughout the book provide background on the people and places pictured as well as Morton's reflections on the moments he captured on film.

As this collection reveals, Hugh Morton was on the scene for some of the most important events in the history of twentieth-century North Carolina, and he always carried his camera with him. Lovers of North Carolina, both local and distant, will all enjoy this richly personal state portrait.

About the Author

Hugh Morton (1921-2006) was president of Grandfather Mountain and received numerous awards for his public service, conservation efforts, and journalistic contributions to his native state of North Carolina. He was a 2003 recipient of the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the highest honor given by the North Carolina Humanities Council. His photographs have appeared in numerous magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated, and hang in nearly every visitor center along North Carolina's highways. His well-known photograph of the Blue Ridge Parkway Viaduct appears on the cover of Rand McNally's 2000 Road Atlas of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

For more information about Hugh Morton, visit the Author Page.


"Wonderful . . . would make a great gift during the . . . holiday season."--Avery Times Journal

"Hugh Morton's North Carolina is a fascinating, important, and thoroughly entertaining book. . . . Hugh's personal commentary enriches each picture and invites the reader to reflect on and remember a journey shared. All of us are deeply indebted to this noble native son for his lifetime of exemplary service to the Tar Heel State."--William Friday, from the Foreword

"A book that puts Mr. Morton's love for [North Carolina] in sharp focus."--Associated Press

"Hugh Morton's North Carolina traces 60 years of state places and faces, all shot by photojournalist Hugh Morton during his long career. . . . His love of the state shines through in both is photos and his words."--News & Observer (Greensboro, NC)

"[Morton's] gift to North Carolina is a visual record of 60 years of the state's history and its compelling beauty from mountain to seashore."--Fayetteville Observer

"All those who have had that experience, of seeing Hugh Morton's mountain and his North Carolina through his eyes and his lens, inevitably ask, 'Could there be anyone who loves North Carolina more?' That love story is what this book is really about."--Raleigh News & Observer