Hugh Morton, North Carolina Photographer

By Hugh Morton

Foreword by William Friday

Hugh Morton, North Carolina Photographer

168 pp., 8 x 10, 142 color and 20 b&w photographs

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-8078-3073-4
    Published: October 2006

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Hugh Morton was seldom seen in his adult life without a camera around his neck. Much to the benefit of his beloved home state, he crisscrossed North Carolina, from highlands to lowlands, recording nearly every step along the way. While many of his photographs of the state's people, places, and events were collected in Hugh Morton's North Carolina, this new book showcases a generous collection of his signature wildlife and nature photography and includes a few of the photographer's favorite pictures of people and events that were not included in the first volume.

The scenic and nature photographs are organized geographically, from the mountains to the coast. Revealing Morton's curiosity about and love of the natural world, photographs feature woodland creatures, waterfalls, beaches, and more. Some images will be familiar to those who live or travel in North Carolina. Many of the photographs here have been recovered from deep within Morton's personal archive, bringing to print some long-hidden treasures. Consisting of 162 photographs, this collection is a rich and rewarding display of North Carolina's natural bounty as it evolved before the eyes of one of the state's most popular photographers.

About the Author

Hugh Morton (1921-2006) was owner of Grandfather Mountain and received numerous awards for 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. Selections of his photographs have appeared in numerous magazines and hang in nearly every visitor center along North Carolina's highways. His books include Hugh Morton's North Carolina, The ACC Basketball Tournament Classic (with Smith Barrier), and Making a Difference in North Carolina (with Ed Rankin).

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


"From the Mile High Swinging Bridge on Grandfather Mountain to the magnificent Bonner Bridge at Oregon Inlet, Hugh Morton's. . . book reminds us yet again of his remarkable life and countless contributions to the state of North Carolina"--Transylvania Times

"Hugh Morton: North Carolina Photographer is a wonderful book full of photographs and would make a great gift. . . for either the native Tar Heel resident, or one whose ancestors called North Carolina home."--Avery Journal Times

"Thanks to these wonderful photographs, Hugh Morton's name will be a familiar one for many generations of people who love North Carolina."--Jancey Common Times Journal

"This volume will make a nice gift from both natives and newcomers"--Pilot

"Hugh Morton loved birds and animals, especially bear cubs and their mischievousness. You will see squirrel, deer, mountain lion, opossum, and the majestic American eagle. He made each of us a companion in his personal discovery and enjoyment of the great natural endowment of which we are trustees."--William Friday, from the Foreword

"There was only one Hugh Morton. He was truly one of North Carolina's treasures and nobody has done more to promote North Carolina's natural heritage than he has. . . . If there were ever to be a Mr. North Carolina, it would be Hugh Morton."--Gov. Mike Easley, 2 June 2006