Arizona Photographer's Work Appears in New Stamp Collection

Tom Bean's photograph from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska will soon be immortalized on a stamp. | Courtesy of U.S. Postal Service

Flagstaff photographer Tom Bean, a frequent contributor to Arizona Highways, is getting national attention for a very un-Arizona image.

Bean's photo of Reid Inlet at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska will be featured in a forthcoming collection of U.S. Postal Service stamps celebrating this year's centennial of the National Park Service.

As the Arizona Daily Sun reported earlier this month, Bean made the photo around sunset in July 1987 during a three-week assignment from the National Geographic Society. A few months ago, he was contacted about allowing the photo to be considered for the stamp collection. His image is one of the lucky ones: Only about 20 new stamp designs are produced every year out of more than 40,000 suggestions.

Bean moved to Flagstaff in 1982 and became a professional photographer. His most recent assignment for Arizona Highways was a multi-year look at thinning projects in Arizona's ponderosa pine forests. His photographs accompanied Cutting It Down to Size, Terry Greene Sterling's story in our April 2015 issue.

You can read more about Bean's background and the stamp collection at the Daily Sun's website.

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