“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 in 2017 moved to Mill Bay on Vancouver Island, B.C.. For 40 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 60 solo exhibitions, and another 75 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 was the Curator of Photography at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta and now focuses completely on his own work.
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), Chezch Republic (Teplice nad Metuji) and Bolivia.
“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
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.
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.
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 40x50, 30×40 and 24×30 size. In the 40×50 size it is an edition of 2. The 30x40 an edition of 3 and the 24x30 edition is of 6. Currently there are fourteen 30×40 editions that have been started, two are sold out. All editions of 40x50 and 30×40 are available in 24×30.