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Art Wolfe

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Art Wolfe is an American photographer and conservationist, best known for color images of wildlife, landscapes and native cultures.

He graduated from the University of Washington with Bachelor’s degrees in fine arts and art education in 1975.

In 1978 he published his first book Indian Baskets of the Northwest Coast with the late Dr. Allan Lobb, a close friend and mentor, who also gave Wolfe a start by putting the young photographer’s work into patients’ rooms at Swedish Medical Center. Wolfe was soon photographing for the world’s top magazines such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon, GEO, and Terre Sauvage. Magazines all over the world publish his photographs and stories, and his work is licensed for retail products and advertising.

Numerous US and international venues have featured monographs of his work as well his traveling exhibitions, Earth Is My Witness, Travels to the Edge, and Beyond the Lens. He has had four major shows at Seattle’s Frye Art Museum.

Since 1989 he has published at least one book a year—1997 alone saw seven titles in the United States and abroad. He has released over eighty books, including award-winning The High Himalaya, Water: Worlds between Heaven & Earth, Tribes, Rainforests of the World, Pacific Northwest, Land of Light and Water, as well as numerous children’s titles, including O is for Orca and Animal Action Alphabet.

In 2000 he formed Wildlands Press and subsequently published much of his signature work: The Living Wild (2000), Africa (2001) and Edge of the Earth, Corner of the Sky (2003),. Wolfe’s latest books are Human Canvas and two instructional texts published by Amphoto Books: an updated edition of the bestselling Art of Photographing Nature and The Art of the Photograph with author Rob Sheppard. In 2014 Insight Editions published the encyclopedic Earth Is My Witness.

Wolfe has ventured into the world of television production with “On Location with Art Wolfe,” “Techniques of the Masters” and as host of “American Photo’s Safari”. In May 2007 Art made the high definition series “Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge,”. The first season garnered American Public Television’s 2007 Programming Excellence Award—unprecedented for a first season show. The second season garnered five Silver Telly Awards, their highest honor, for outstanding achievement.

Wolfe is the on-screen talent for two of the six episodes of Tales By Light airing in 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.

Wolfe leads photographic tours worldwide as well as regularly giving his Art of Composition seminar. He has been a Phase One Digital Artists Series instructor, and is currently collaborating with two of the most renowned nature photographers in the world, Frans Lanting and Thomas Mangelsen, on the Masters of Nature Photography workshops.

Wolfe is the proud recipient of the Nature’s Best Photographer of the Year Award, the North American Nature Photography Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Photographic Society of America’s Progress Medal for his contribution to the advancement of the art and science of photography; he has been awarded with an Alfred Eisenstaedt Magazine Photography Award. The National Audubon Society recognized Wolfe’s work in support of the national wildlife refuge system with its first-ever Rachel Carson Award. In 1999 he was named to the UW Alumni Association’s magazine list of 100 “most famous, fascinating and influential” alumni of the 20th century. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers; he is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has served on the advisory boards for the Wildlife Conservation Society. Wolfe has been a member of Canon’s Explorers of Light, Microsoft’s Icons of Imaging, Fujifilm’s Talent Team, and Nikon’s NPS Pros.

Wolfe maintains his office, stock agency, and production company in Seattle.


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