Have you heard the tales of the Kolb brothers and their Grand Canyon adventures? Ellsworth and Emery Kolb adventured throughout the Grand Canyon in pursuit of the most unique photos possible; in their chase the brothers dangled from ropes in slot canyons and rafted some of the most extreme whitewater the Colorado and Green river had to offer. They even documented their rafting of the canyon into a film that showed at their studio for over 75 years, eventually becoming the longest running film in United States history. Not only were the Kolbs adventurers but also entrepreneurs; before the canyon was even officially named a national park, the Kolbs began operating a photo studio and guide service near Bright Angel trail. The studio had humble origins in a canvas tent using a nearby abandoned mine shaft as a dark room, with water from a cow pond for processing. Eventually the brothers upgraded from their tent to a small studio partially built from reclaimed barn wood; their new studio was located on the edge of the canyon overlooking mule trains descending into the canyon, a prime location for photographing tourists. Emery lived at the canyon from 1902-1976 showing his film until he died at the age of 95.
Adventure on, and never stop exploring my friends!