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Meet the Artist  |  Lynn Hyman Butler

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Lynn at work and “play” -- Photographing scenes for “Flames Against the Dark” on location, and horsing around at home with new foal, mare and collie. When not working on her photography and writing, Lynn is a renowned breeder of Champion rough collies and a licensed AKC judge.

A Lifetime Dedicated to Art

Selected Collections

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

  • Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

  • Gallery du Chateau d'Eau, Toulouse, France

  • Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France

  • John & Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

  • Bergen Museum, Paramus, NJ

  • Pfizer, New York, NY

  • Langsten Farms, Loveland, OH

  • Bentley Industrial Corp, Woodside, NY

  • The Hendry Corporation, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

  • New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

  • Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Polaroid Collection, Cambridge, MA

  • Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

  • Richard Grosbard Collection, University of Texas, Austin, TX

  • Norton Gallery and School of Art, Palm Beach, FL

  • Red Heart inc., Kobe, Japan

  • International Center of Photography, New York, NY

  • Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ

  • Albert Otten Collection, Teaneck, NJ

  • Hart Kamp Collection, Amerongen, Holland

  • Museum La Raculta Fotographica Fontana, Medina, Italy

  • Museo Ken Damy, Brescia, Italy

  • Graham Nash Collection, CA

  • David Rockefeller Collection,, Tarrytown, NY

  • Republic National Bank, New York, NY


  • Born in New York. Lives in Thompson Ridge, NY

  • Education: B.A., Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

  • Certificate Program, International Center of Photography

  • M.A.E., College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY

I try to capture the sense of time passing. I hope that the photographs will be a reminder that we are on the edge of a century in which the fate of many life forms, including our own, will be determined, and the decision of whether to save or relinquish landscapes such as these will be of increasing urgency.

From the Camargue in France, to Sleepy Hollow in New York, then from the Maine coast to California, I searched the countryside by horseback to construct a plea to witness and conserve what is unique about the natural world. I photograph while in movement, mostly from horseback.

I have worked in different geographies and societies. My work includes intimate urbanized spaces, to the wider and wilder parts of American Indian culture and country.

I am motivated by concern for the environment brought about by human relationships to the land that then threaten those relationships.


Awards & Grants


  • Bydale Foundation

  • David G. Taft Foundation

  • Sun River Health Foundation


  • Dr. Charles Hamlin Family Foundation


  • The Ministry of Culture, Espace Malraux Scene Nationale Chambery Savioc, France​  

  • Juried Show Armory, Palm Beach, FL

  • Best Art Photographer, Newsweek Selection for I.C.P. Infinity Awards

  • 1st Prize Washington Thoroughbred Associated Art Show, Seattle, WA​


  • Marcus H. Saffran Library Endowment--University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ--Foundation Grant


  • Ilford Grant

  • Polaroid Grant

  • The Albert Otten Foundation of Living Arts Grant, through the Portland Museum of Art

  • Rutgers University Zimmerli Art Museum Printmaking Grant


  • New Jersey Historical Society Grant

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Amazingly, Lynn took many of the photographs appearing in Flames Against the Dark while riding on horseback, often at night. These dramatically beautiful images are magical, mystical and supernatural as they conjure up the ancient spirituality of America‘s indigenous people. 

A Visual Journey Into the 
Spiritual Heart of Native America

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