“Art Wolfe’s photographs are a superb evocation of some of the most breathtaking spectacles in the world.” Sir David Attenborough. Over the course of his 30-year career, photographer Art Wolfe has worked on every continent and in hundreds of locations. His stunning images interpret and record the world’s fast-disappearing wildlife, landscapes and native cultures, and are a lasting inspiration to those who seek to preserve them all. Wolfe’s photographic mission is multi-faceted. His vision and passionate wildlife advocacy affirm his dedication to his work. By employing artistic and journalistic styles, he documents his subjects and educates the viewer. His unique approach to nature photography is based on his training in the arts and his love of the environment. His goal is to win support for conservation issues by “focusing on what’s beautiful on the Earth.”
Hailed by William Conway, former president of the Wildlife Conservation Society, as “the most prolific and sensitive recorder of a rapidly vanishing natural world,” Wolfe has taken an estimated one million images in his lifetime and has released over sixty books, including the award-winning Vanishing Act, The High Himalaya, Water: Worlds between Heaven & Earth, Tribes, Rainforests of the World, The Art of Photographing Nature, as well as numerous children’s titles. Graphis included his books Light on the Land and the controversial Migrations on its list of the 100 best books published in the 1990s.
Wolfe founded Wildlands Press (WP) in 2000 to publish his signature work The Living Wild, which has more than 70,000 copies in print worldwide and garnered awards from the National Outdoor Book Awards, Independent Publisher, Applied Arts and Graphis. In 2001 WP published the award-winning Africa, and in 2003 Edge of the Earthm Corner of the Sky, which captured significant publishing awards, including IPPY (Independent Publishers), Benjamin Franklin (Publishers Marketing Association), and National Outdoor Book Award.
Art Wolfe has been awarded with a coveted Alfred Eisenstaedt Magazine Photography Award as well as named Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year by the North American Nature Photography Association. The National Audubon Society recognized Wolfe’s work in support of the national wildlife refuge system with its first-ever Rachel Carson Award. He is a member of Canon’s elite list of renowned photographers “Explorers of Light” and Microsoft’s Icons of Imaging. Magazines all over the world publish his photographs and stories, and his work is licensed for monograph retail products as well as advertising. Numerous venues have featured his traveling exhibit “Beyond the Lens” organized by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and his work has been exhibited in Seattle’s Frye Art Museum and Burke Museum.
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”, which aired on ESPN 1993-1995. In May 2007 Art made his public television debut with the high definition series “Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge,” an intimate and upbeat series that offers unique insights on nature, culture, and the new realm of digital photography. The thirteen episode series has garnered American Public Television’s 2007 Programming Excellence Award-unprecedented for a first season show-and the second season is currently airing nationwide. The show is produced in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting and distributed by American Public Television. Funding is provided by Canon, Microsoft, and Conservation International.
In 1999 Art was named to the UW Alumni Association’s magazine list of 100 “most famous, fascinating and influential” alumni of the 20th century. Wolfe maintains his gallery, stock agency, production company and digital photography school in the SODO district of Seattle. www.ArtWolfe.com