Craig Richards

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 40 solo exhibitions, and another 45 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

Babel Creek, Temple, Silver Gelatin Print
Buttress, Rundle Mountain, Silver Gelatin Print
Cathedral Mountain, Silver Gelatin Print
Cave and Basin, Silver Gelatin Print
Chinaman's Peak, Silver Gelatin Print
Chiniki and Yamnuska, Silver Gelatin Print
Fog, pond, Silver Gelatin Print
Foothills 2, Silver Gelatin Print
Gap Lake, Silver Gelatin Print
Ice Detail, Silver Gelatin Print
Lake Agnes, Silver Gelatin Print
Lenticular clouds over Canmore, Silver Gelatin Print
Lougheed and Windtower, Silver Gelatin Print
Marsh Marigold, Silver Gelatin Print
Mount Assiniboine, Silver Gelatin Print
Reeds, pond, Silver Gelatin Print
Sentinel Pass, Silver Gelatin Print
Tangle Falls, Silver Gelatin Print
Shitake Ice, Silver Gelatin Print
Window Frost, Silver Gelatin Print
Wiwaxy, Silver Gelatin Print