This exhibition of Shelton’s work marks the first time photographs by the well-known geologist will be exhibited for the public. Shelton is the author of Geology Illustrated, considered by many scientists and professors one of the best geology reference books available.
A geologist filled with a love for music and machines, John Shelton is best known for his pioneering aerial photography. Formerly an associate professor of geology at Pomona College, he has always been intensely interested in the process of learning.
Monument Valley, Arizona
Shiprock, New Mexico
For 12 years, he served as geology consultant for Encyclopedia Britannica educational films. Shelton’s love and knowledge of flying enabled him to reveal geologic features and processes through his aerial photographs of wondrous landscapes. In 1993 Shelton received the American Geological Institute Legendary Geologist Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding of Geology.”
Shelton authored Geology Illustrated, a comprehensive textbook lavishly illustrated with his aerial photos. In 1999, Geology Illustrated was chosen as one of the top 100 science books of the 20th century by American Scientist magazine.