Art Wolfe

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Art Wolfe
Art Wolfe
Art Wolfe
Born (1951-09-13)September 13, 1951
Seattle, Washington
Education University of Washington at Seattle, BS Fine Arts (1975)
Occupation Photographer and Conservationist
Parent(s) Richard and Ellinor Wolfe[1]

Art Wolfe (born 1951) is an American photographer and conservationist, best known for color images of wildlife, landscapes and native cultures.[2] His photographs document scenes from every continent and hundreds of locations, and have been noted by environmental advocacy groups for their "stunning" visual impact.[3]

Wolfe's career has been described as "multi-faceted", involving wildlife advocacy, art, journalism, and education. According to William Conway, former president of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Wolfe is a "prolific and sensitive recorder of a rapidly vanishing natural world."[4] In the last 30 years, the public has viewed Wolfe's work in more than sixty published books, including Vanishing Act, The High Himalaya, Water: Worlds between Heaven & Earth, Tribes, Rainforests of the World, and The Art of Photographing Nature.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Wolfe's parents were both commercial artists in Seattle, Washington. Wolfe graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington.[5][6] Within four years of graduation, Wolfe completed assignments for National Geographic magazine and produced his first photo book documenting Northwest Indian baskets.


Art Wolfe has released more than 65 photo books and instructional videos of photographic techniques. The U.S. Postal Service has used Wolfe's photographs on two stamps.[5] He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and serves on the advisory boards for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Nature’s Best Foundation, Bridges to Understanding, and is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP).[7]

Documentary television series: Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe[edit]

The public television series, Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe,[8] is a documentary project that explores environmental themes of visual interest. Art Wolfe's perspectives on nature, cultural diversity, geography and digital photography are the focus of each episode, as he travels to new global regions.[9] The series is hosted by Art Wolfe and supported by a professional film team (Karel Bauer, Field Director/Director of Photography; Sean White, Director of Photography; John Greengo, Field Production; and Gavriel Jecan, Field Production).[10]

The program began with the making of 13 episodes released in 2007.[11] By 2009, 26 episodes were filmed in nearly as many locations, including Patagonia, Madagascar, Alaska, New Zealand, and India.[12] Some of the specific subjects addressed include glaciers of Alaska, and sacred tattoos created by Maori artists.[13] The program is produced by OPB, distributed by American Public Television and aired on Create.

In 2015, Wolfe appeared in the Australian television series Tales by Light.[14]

Photographic and artistic methodology[edit]

Wolfe's approach to nature photography combines elements of photojournalism and art photography. Wolfe lists his major influences as Ernst Haas and Eliot Porter.[15] In his 1994 book, Migrations, Wolfe presented photos that were strictly documentary, as well as others that were enhanced. Through a process called "cloning", for example, Wolfe strove to enhance visual patterns and create photos with potentially greater impact than originally captured.[5]


  • The New Art of Photographing Nature: An Updated Guide to Composing Stunning Images of Animals, Nature, and Landscapes (2013, Crown Publishers, NYC) [16]
  • On Puget Sound (2007, Sasquatch Books, Seattle)[16]
  • Vanishing Act (2005, Bulfinch Press, NYC)[16]
  • Smithsonian Answer Book: Cats (2004, Smithsonian Books, Washington, DC)
  • Edge of the Earth, Corner of the Sky (2003, Wildlands Press, Seattle)[16]
  • Animal Action ABC (2003, Handprint Books, NYC)
  • High Himalaya (2001, Mountaineers Books, Seattle)[16]
  • Africa (2001, Wildlands Press, Seattle)[16]
  • The Living Wild (2000, Wildlands Press, Seattle)[16]
  • Rainforests of the World: Water, Fire, Earth and Air (1998, Crown Publishers, NYC)[16]
  • Tribes (1997, Clarkson N. Potter, NYC)[16]
  • Wasser: Welten zwischen Himmel und Erde (1997, Frederking & Thaler Verlag, Munich)
  • Migrations (1994, Beyond Words Publishing, Hillsboro, Oregon)[16]
  • The Art of Photographing Nature (1993, Crown Publishers, NYC)[16]
  • Endangered Peoples (1993, Sierra Club Books, San Francisco)[16]
  • Light On the Land (1991, Beyond Words Publishing, Hillsboro, Oregon)[16]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Art Wolfe, Current Biography. Volume 66, No. 6, June, 2005. By Thompson, Clifford (editor), (
  2. ^ Art Wolfe, University of Washington, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, Accessed April 2013, (
  3. ^ Three Degrees: The Law of Climate Change and Human Rights Conference/Art Wolfe, The University of Washington School of Law, Accessed May 2013, (
  4. ^ a b Three Degrees: The Law of Climate Change and Human Rights Conference/Art Wolfe, The University of Washington School of Law, Accessed May 2013, (
  5. ^ a b c d e Biography on
  6. ^ a b c Biography on Global Gallery Website
  7. ^ Biography on Conservation International Website
  8. ^ About "Art Wolfe's Travels to the Edge"
  9. ^ Art Wolfe, by Jim Miotke. Accessed April 2013, (
  10. ^ Official Website - Art Wolfe's Travels to the Edge, Accessed April 2013, (
  11. ^ Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe (2007 - ), IMDb, Accessed April 2013, (
  12. ^ Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe, February 10, 2009,, Accessed April 2013, (
  13. ^ KCET / Travel, Accessed April 2013, (
  14. ^ Zhang, Michael (18 March 2015). "Tales by Light: Canon and National Geographic Join Forces for Six Part TV Series". PetaPixel. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-02-04.  Interview on Rotary International Website
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Art Wolfe's Books on Amazon

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