Aaron Dygart is a project engineer and photographer who also studied painting, design, architecture and art history at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts. He had already started serious study of photography at age 12 with the Ansel Adams Basic Photo Series, and had his own darkroom by age 16. He moved to Hawaii from his native Oregon in 1967. In the fall of 1977, Aaron and fellow photographer Mathias Hesemans led a workshop in Hauula, Oahu, called “The Brett Weston Visual Retreat.” Just before the retreat, Mathias and Aaron shared an adventure in an isolated area of Kilauea Volcano’s East Rift Zone, where they were part of a group of nine people to witness an overnight lava fountain that was around 400 to 500 feet high. Mathias and Aaron shared an account of their adventure with Brett, and after the workshop, Mathias showed Brett around the volcano area and showed him his 16mm movie footage of the eruption. Brett fell in love with the Hawaiian volcanic landscape and subsequently built a house on the island of Hawaii. For Mathias and Aaron, Brett became a close personal friend and an inspiration.

Aaron’s published works include the large-format color book, “Eternal Hawaii,” with author-historian Edward Joesting, published by Charles Belding, Graphic Arts Center, in Portland, Oregon. The book was named one of the best 250 books of the year by the American Booksellers Association, and was presented by them to the White House Library during the Carter Presidency. It is now a valued collector’s item.

For Photo Techniques magazine, Aaron wrote a series of articles, including three articles on photographing with Brett Weston. Aaron has also contributed to Time-Life Books, and various photography and travel magazines, calendars and advertisements, and has shown his work at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Volcano Art Center, and the former Manoa Gallery, among other locations. His work is in private and corporate collections.