The form and beauty of trees drew Larry Lederman into landscape photography nine years ago, when he began visiting the Garden weekly in all kinds of weather. For Lederman, the Botanical Garden is a beautiful and diverse landscape where he can follow the growth and seasonal changes of the trees, each occasion offering singular enchantments.

Lederman divides his time between New York City and Westchester, where he developed his interest in photography. He continues to pursue his art avidly. Fascinated by the shadows in his own backyard, he experimented endlessly with shape and form. He discovered that in the right light, trees took on the shapes of animals; trying to capture them became a game, which trained him to use his camera. In 2003 the Botanical Garden published his first calendar, Woodland Creatures, which led to his annual series, Trees.

For the past three years, at the invitation of the Olana Partnership, Lederman has been photographing in the footsteps of Frederic Church and other mid-19th-century Hudson River landscape painters. In May 2008 Lederman was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, where among other subjects, he photographed the Academy’s gardens and the Roman Campagna. He has recently returned from Newfoundland where he photographed icebergs at sites painted by Church in 1859.

Lederman’s photographs are held in private and corporate collections. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Garden.