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“The mountains pose a universal paradox, an ever-present reminder of nature’s power and its fragility.”

Craig Richards was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1955. In 1980 he moved to Canmore, Alberta, the gateway to the Canadian Rockies and continues to call these mountains home. For 30 years Richards has used a 4×5 camera combined with the traditional silver gelatin printing process. His interests as artist, avid hiker, photographer, and mountain culture aficionado have coalesced to form an engaging body of work. His photographs have been the subject of over 50 solo exhibitions, and another 55 group exhibitions at public and commercial galleries as well as museums throughout the world. Photography is woven into all aspects of his life.

Craig Richards has been a guest instructor teaching photographic workshops in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe and Africa. He has given lectures and presentations of his photographs around the world. Richards is currently Curator of Photography at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta.

Since 1995 he has worked on numerous projects for the Museo Nazionale Della Montagna, Torino, Italy. These photographic projects include Canada (Rocky Mountains and Yukon), Guatemala, Italy (Valle di Susa), Uganda (Rwezori), USA (Alaska) and the Chezch Republic (Teplice nad Metuji).

“I love the violence of storms as well as the delicacy and the calm. All of this is prevalent in my photographs as well as my excitement, my awe, and my interpretation. I’m not trying to document where I have been but show what I feel about this landscape. This dramatic and textural mountainscape is not just a mass of inanimate objects, it is alive, with personalities that change continuously with each minute, hour, day and season.”

News and Upcoming Workshops and Events

This fall I will be teaching a workshop with Bruce Barnbaum and Bill Ellzey. The Eastern Sierra Wall, including Mono Lake, Bodie, Bristlecone Pines and Alabama Hills. It will be Fantastic! Love to see you there.
For information go to: http://www.barnbaum.com/sign-up-for-a-workshop/the-high-sierra-to-death-valley-workshop

  • Edge Gallery, Canmore, Alberta will open an exhibition of new work on August 20, 2016. For more information please contact The Edge Gallery, 612 Spring Creek Drive Canmore, Alberta tel (403) 675-8300.
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New release of latest book. Thirty four stunningly reproduced tri-tones, forword by Wade Davis. Available through independent quality bookstores or contact Craig Richards. A very limited quantity of 500 books available. A Limited Edition Portfolio (25) is also available. Contact Craig Richards for more information.

Scotia Waterous has produced this book of my photographs of the Canadian Rockies which was launched December 2013 in Calgary, London, and Houston. This is the 19th book in a series of high-end photography monographs. Each year they have focused on a photographer from around the world.

  • The Museo Nazionale Della Montagna has awarded Craig another project photographing festivities and ceremonies around harvesting and planting in Bolivia. This project starts this year (2014) with a month long trip in August and again next year (2015) in February. Exhibitions follow in Italy and Bolivia.
  • Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Alberta is carrying Craig’s photographs. 
    724 – 11th Avenue S.W. Calgary, Alberta T2R 0E4
    tel (403) 263-1162.
  • Edge Gallery, Canmore, Alberta is carrying Craig’s photographs. 
    612 Spring Creek Drive Canmore, Alberta
    tel (403) 675-8300.

The Prints

All of Craig’s photographs are hand printed by the photographer using the finest silver gelatin paper, they are selenium toned for maximum permanence and mounted on 100% acid-free museum board. Each photograph is printed to a size that best allows the image to speak. Most of his images are printed in the 16×20 or 20×24 sizes while a select few are only printed in the smaller 6×8, 8×10 or 11×14 sizes.

Limited Edition Prints

Craig prints two silver gelatin Limited Edition sizes. These are also hand printed and are available in a 30×40 and 24×30 size. In the 30×40 size it is an edition of 3. Currently there are fourteen 30×40 editions that have been started, two are sold out. In the 24×30 size it is printed to an edition of 6. One edition has been started. All editions of 30×40 are available in 24×30.