Fall Color in Grand Teton National Park!


Grand Teton National Park ranks among my favorite locations for capturing spectacular fall color. The balance of the massive Teton Range hedged by the beautiful golds, oranges and reds of the foreground flora provides a number of distinct opportunities to capture this juxtaposition of stone and verdure.

Last year a group of my associates were blessed with several perfect sunrise sessions, each with their own unique characteristics to explore. The gorgeous photos in this gallery were captured my my assistant Libby Pfeiffer – I think she got great shots! For a photographer, mornings always come early, and not always easily – yet when the click of your shutter echoes in the quiet morning hours you forget all about missing sleep and are captured in the exhilaration of the moment.

I’ll be leading a Grand Teton workshop next fall, and If this is a location you’ve wanted to visit or if capturing pristine fall color is on your agenda, I highly encourage you to sign up and join our group. I always enjoy seeing and helping our participants push their boundaries and each other to create unique and beautiful images. On top of that, the friends and stories you create along the way will last a lifetime.

Hope to see you there this fall!

 

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Year in Review 2022 – For the Birds!


2022 was a great year for bird photography! Bookended by two photo productive trips to Brazil, I photographed storks in Morocco, mergansers in Alaska, ostriches in Namibia, oxpeckers in Botswana, and dippers in Canada.

Of course, I’ve shot more than just birds over the past year. Make sure you check back here often for more new photos from my travels. Better yet, join me on a workshop and we will make some memories together.

Enjoy the photos, and most importantly –  have a Happy New Year!

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Wishing You & Yours Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from Art Wolfe Headquarters in currently snowy Seattle! Here’s wishing everyone a safe and healthy winter with family and friends. As we move ahead to 2023, it’s important to also look back and reflect on the year that was.

For myself, that means reviewing a whole lot of trips and photos as I prepare the end of the year collection that I’ll eventually share with friends, including here on the blog with all of you! I’m still working on this, along side wrapping up final selections for Wild Lives, my epic opus on international wildlife coming in fall of 2023.

For the time being, here is a selection of my most recent images from Q4 of this year. Enjoy the photos, enjoy the season –  and have a very happy New Year!


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New Photos from the Pantanal!


The Pantanal is one of my favorite places on the planet. It offers an amazing display of wildlife, landscapes, and cowboy culture. Recently I had a successful trip there, creating photos for my wildlife opus coming out in Fall 2023.

Have a look at the photos–I am thinking of adding a photo journey there for 2023. Drop me an email and we’ll get you on a pre-registration list so you have first dibs to join me on a trip of a lifetime!

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Viva Magenta, Pantone’s Color of the Year!


Art and design nerds rejoice! It’s the most magical time of the year – when Pantone announces their color of the year. For 2023, it’s Viva Magenta – a nearly wine-red take on the traditional magenta. As usual I’ve put together a gallery inspired by the color. Enjoy!

Pantone’s Color of the Year, Viva Magenta 18-1750, vibrates with vim and vigor. It is a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family and expressive of a new signal of strength. Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, and a pulsating color whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative.

This year’s Color of the Year is powerful and empowering. It is a new animated red that revels in pure joy, encouraging experimentation and self-expression without restraint, an electrifying, and a boundaryless shade that is manifesting as a stand-out statement. PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta welcomes anyone and everyone with the same verve for life and rebellious spirit. It is a color that is audacious, full of wit and inclusive of all.

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Print of the Month, December ’22 – Dune Denizen

Warm up your winter with December’s Print of the month! A solitary gemsbok crossing the sandy dunes of Namibia. What I love about this image is that on one hand, you have a simple image and a single subject – but looking deeper there are so many design elements coming together to compose the image. The pattern of hoof prints against the textured sands, the highlighted dust reaching forward – even the shadows on the landscape themselves form interesting shapes. I’m glad that we decided to rent a helicopter for this trip!

Dune Denizen is on sale now, just in time for the holidays – deck the halls with warmth!

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TTE Season 2 is now Streaming! WATCH 2023 Destinations Japan & Bhutan Episodes Free!

I’m happy to announce that Travels to the Edge Season 2 is now available for streaming on my Vimeo On-Demand channel – just in time, as DVDs are getting harder and harder to find. Check out fan-favorite episodes on Mongolia, Iceland, Australia and much more! To celebrate upcoming 2023 international workshops, I’m offering up two full episodes to watch completely free! Just sign up for my email list – don’t worry, I hate spam also!

Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge Season 2 Episode 1 – Japan: Hokkaido & Honshu

The Image many of us have of Japan is congested and kinetic. But Japan has a wild side. In winter, beyond its crowded cities, the country delivers quiet, unexpected natural beauty. In the second season opener, Art Wolfe ventures north to the remote region of Hokkaido to view iconic red-crested cranes; south to the mountains to film the mischievous macaque snow monkey; and journeys on to the sacred temples of Mt. Fuji and Koyosan on a photographic pilgrimage.

Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge Season 2 Episode 10 – The Kingdom of Bhutan

Known as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon”, Bhutan has survived in isolation for more than a thousand years. As this enlightened Buddhist kingdom greets the 21st century, its greatest challenge is to preserve its soul. In episode ten, Art Wolfe finds a photographer’s nirvana of mountainside monasteries, sacred festivals and chanting monks in an environmentally and spiritually progressive nation.

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Friday Vibes – 2023 Workshops Are Waiting!

Things have really picked up this year in terms of international travel – from Brazil to Morocco, a couple tours in Africa, and all manner of points in between. It’s been good to get back to traveling again with new faces and old friends and I’m looking forward to the coming year!

Several new workshops have been posted on my events page, a few with early bird specials to save a few bucks. I’ll be adding more later in the year as well, so check my events page often for up to date opportunities.

Here’s what’s on the agenda so far – sign up before they fill!

Winter Wildlife & Landscapes of Japan Photo Journey – February 8 – 18, 2023 | Only One Spot Left

Abstract Astoria Photography Retreat – March 8 – 12, 2023 | Only One Spot Left!

Moab Photography Retreat – March 15 – 19, 2023

Carmel-by-the-Sea Retreat – April 26 – 30, 2023

Southern Sierra Photography Workshop – May 3 – 7, 2023

Creative Sessions: Cultivating Vision & Imagination, Seattle – May 12 – 14, 2023

Olympic Peninsula Workshop – May 18 – 21, 2023

Bhutan Photo Journey 2023

Katmai Alaska Workshop 1 – August 2 – 8, 2023

Katmai Alaska Workshop 2 – August 7 – 8, 2023

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Answering Nature’s Call with Spirit Bears in Canada!


“Hey Art, Can You Go Pee Again?”

It’s an odd thing, but I’ve had some good wildlife sightings when just standing still and, uh, relieving myself. Mostly owls peering down at me, but just last month I was in the Great Bear Rainforest attempting to photography the Spirit Bear and just when I took a break, one ambled by.

I first photographed these white-phase black bears way back in 1990, long before this region of British Columbia’s coast was designated as global treasure. Now, working on my magnum opus wildlife book, I headed back to this rich temperate rainforest in hopes of seeing this ghostly bear again. We had only four days and the waiting was long. To pass the time I taught a quick class in how to take abstracts; after all, there is always something to photograph, especially when the main objective is proving elusive. We were visited by spawned out salmon, Steller’s jays, American dippers, and a very curious, very black, black bear. Spirit or Kermode bears are merely a color phase of the American black bear. They just happen to carry two alleles of a gene that turns them a creamy white, but they are not albinos.

So when the spirit bear appeared for the first time, I zipped up and grabbed my camera. That session lasted a total of fifteen minutes. My fellow travelers implored me hourly to pee again, but that charm wore thin as did my stream. The next day she regaled us with another 15 minute appearance. Half an hour in four days and we all felt very lucky. That is the nature of wildlife photography.

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Print of the Month, November 2022 – Adoration!

Print of the Month, November 2022: Adoration

Print of the month is back just in time for the upcoming holiday season! It seems like a good time to spread a message of family and affection, so I’ve chosen a classic film shot from the early 1990’s of an emperor penguin chick and adoring parents. It takes both dedicated parents to ensure the chick is able to survive and thrive in the harsh Antarctic climes. Around the months of May and June, a female penguin will lay a single egg which is then passed on to the male to protect and incubate for the next 65-75 days. The female then heads back out to sea to recoup and feed for the next several weeks.

A collection of four penguin prints are on sale in the online store – purchase today and I’ll get my signing pad ready! If you’ve never purchased a fine art print before, our process is fairly simple. Each print is reviewed by our image editor to ensure quality before being printed on high-quality acid-free paper. The print is then allowed to off-gas before being signed and carefully wrapped and placed in a shipping tube to be sent your way. From here you can take your new fine art print to any local framer to be displayed to your liking!

Of course, we can also suggest framers and mounting services to meet your specific needs. If you have any specific questions give us a call or contact us and we will answer your questions!

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