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George Masa photo of land that became the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

ASHEVILLE — A new exhibit at the Asheville Art Museum called “Public Domain: Photography and the Preservation of Public Lands” showcases the stunning landscape photography that spurred protection of our national parks and other public lands.

The images in the exhibit captured the beauty — and at times the devastation — to the American landscape. The photographers behind the images played a vital role in advocating for the preservation of nature via state parks, national parks and monuments, and other federally protected lands.

The exhibit includes some of George Masa’s historic photos that rallied the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The exhibit coincides with the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

The exhibit is on display through August 30. Click here for more info.