Chuck Kimmerle, bio



I am an award-winning (I really have to say that, everyone else does. But in my case it really is true) fine-art black and white landscape photographer based out of Casper, Wyoming, a nice, quasi-industrial town located on the divide between the mountains and the plains. I am primarily known for my stark, reticent and balanced images of subjects ranging from the northern plains to the western grasslands and southwest deserts.

While the natural world plays an important role in my photography, I seem to be more drawn to the intersections and juxtapositions of the natural and the artificial. The seemingly untouched and the blatantly man-made. It is in those areas where the bulk of our world exists and it is here where I find a great significance. A beautiful, if not often harsh, reality. However, I do not artificially limit my subject matter and allow myself to freely react to whatever locale or scene I happen to find myself in front of, allowing me a greater freedom to be inspired, and content, in any environment.

While my photographs can, of course, be broadly categorized into groupings, I do not intentionally work on conceptual or thematic projects. I prefer, instead, the significance and relatability of the single image. Each image standing on its own, with no fillers or transition pieces necessary.

In my prior life, I spent 16+ years as a newspaper photojournalist in three different states—Minnesota, Pennsylvania and North Dakota—and the subsequent 10 years as the staff photographer at the University of North Dakota. My work during those years received numerous national and international awards, the highlight being a nomination for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News photography.

It was a wonderful career, but the images I made were work photographs meant for a purpose often divergent from my vision. They were, ultimately, artistically and personally unfulfilling. The photographs were made by me, but not for me.

Throughout those years I spent much of my free time photographing and connecting with the landscape. Those were my photographs.

Since making the decision to become a full-time landscape photographer in 2000, my work and I have enjoyed a good deal of success, being frequently exhibited and featured in magazines such as Lenswork, Outdoor Photographer, B&W, Outdoor Photography (UK), Black and White (UK), Neutral Density, Fotoritm (Turkey), and f11 (New Zealand), among others.

In addition, I have been awarded four national park artist residencies in Zion, Glacier, Joshua Tree, North Cascades National Parks.