Photographer John Guider Wins Emmy® Award for his Exploration Documentary “Voyage of Adventure”

FRANKLIN—  Nashville-based photographer John Guider has won a Midsouth Regional Emmy® award for his 2018 documentary “Voyage of Adventure: Retracing Donelson’s Journey,” produced by Nashville Public Television (NPT) and created in conjunction with The Tennessean. Guider, who is represented by Haynes Galleries, created the documentary as part of his own photography and exploration project.

“Voyage of Adventure: Retracing Donelson’s Journey” follows Guider in a handmade boat as he retraces frontiersman John Donelson’s 1779 voyage through middle Tennessee’s waterways to the founding of Nashville. The documentary premiered on NPT in 2018. It won the Emmy for Outstanding Documentary/Topical from the 34th Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards. "Voyage of Adventure" includes stunning river footage, excerpts from Donelson’s journal, and images shot by Guider during his excursion.

Parallels between Guider’s journey and that of the Donelson party are found throughout the documentary, making the film both a historical exploration and a celebration of Guider’s love of Tennessee’s natural heritage.

“Part of my mission is to educate and illuminate and make people aware of how precious this landscape is,” says Guider.

John Guider is a nationally recognized, award-winning photographer. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards including a national Addy Award, the Cancer Society’s Excalibur Award, and the Nashville Advertising Federation’s highest award, the Silver Medalist. His work and adventures have been the subject of numerous magazine, television, and newspaper articles and broadcasts. His work has appeared in major publications and has been featured in a number of national museums as well as in prestigious corporate and private collections throughout the country. In 2016 his work was included in the well-known Arts in the Embassies program.

His photographs focus on natural and urban landscapes in addition to often over-looked elements of everyday life. A sensitivity to light and shadow, both in his color and black & white photographs, appears throughout his images.

Guider's journey is also becoming a book. This fall Vanderbilt University Press will publish "Voyage of Adventure.” It will be Guider's second book. His first, “The River Inside,” was published in 2018 and chronicles his canoe trip beginning from the creek behind his home in Franklin, Tennessee all the way to New Orleans.