About Carr Clifton

Award-winning photographer Carr Clifton has spent thirty-fivCarr Cliftone years exploring and documenting the endangered, wild landscapes most people will never know.  An accomplished wilderness guide and traveler, Carr is widely recognized for his distinctive and artistic landscapes of remote regions.  He has dedicated himself to his art which, he says "isn't only framing the image in the camera, but getting myself to the wildest places where I do my best work."  Carr's wilderness skills have allowed him entrance into the solitude of some of the world's most remote and least populated regions.

A native Californian living in the northern Sierra Nevada near Taylorsville, California, Carr began photographing in 1977 after seeking advice and inspiration from his mentor and neighbor, master landscape photographer Philip Hyde.  After graduating from Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colorado with a degree in Commerical Photography, Carr began his freelance career in photography documenting landscapes from Arctic Alaska to the Amazon Basin in Brazil; from the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia, to the hardwood forests of New England.

Best known for his five exhibit format books showcasing his work, Carr's portfolio comprises thousands of editorial, corporate and advertising credits, and the award-winning documentary, Three Women, Three Hundred Miles.

Exhibitions including Carr's fine art prints have been displayed at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, The Nikon House, The California Academy of Science, San Diego Natural History Museum, and Galen Rowell's Mountain Light Gallery.  Recent awards include the Detroit Creative Director's Silver Caddy Award for outstanding landscape photography in advertising, the International Color Awards and the Theodore Roosevelt Association Founders Medal for outstanding expeditionary achievement.  Carr's prints have been purchased and collected by environmental, corporate and private collections worldwide.


Photography is not so much the art of photographing, but rather the art of seeing.  Finding inspiration and creativity in the solitude of remote locations, I my camera as the final step in this seeing process, embedding lines, shapes, colors and textures into the rectangle.  If my seeing has been successful, the subject becomes secondary to this process.  My intention is to create an artistic, poetic images, and like a musical score without lyrics, it doesn't tell a story, but creates a feeling within us.  My challenge is to compose a photograph that is both artistically unique and has a profound affect on the viewer.


"Carr Clifton's Sacred Headwaters exhibit is among the best we've had the privilege of hosting." Mountain Light Gallery

"Carr Clifton has achieved iconic status in the world of nature photography." Digital Photo Magazine

"Carr Clifton is one of the greatest living masters of outdoor and nature photography." Ken Rockwell, kenrockwell.com