Lewis Kemper has been photographing the natural beauty of North America, and its parklands for over 37 years. During his extensive travels, he has been to 47 states from Alaska to Florida. His international travel has taken him to over 10 countries including, China, Tibet, India, Iceland to name a few. His work has been exhibited and published in magazines, books, and calendars worldwide.
Before moving west, he received a BA in Fine Art Photography from the George Washington University in 1976. The grandeur of the west beckoned and Lewis moved to Yosemite National Park, where he lived for 11 years. From 1978 until 1980, he worked at The Ansel Adams Gallery. Working at the gallery gave him the opportunity to meet, observe and learn from some of the greatest photographers of our time. “The experience of working at The Ansel Adams Gallery was very influential in my development as a photographer”, he states.
Lewis photographs in color using Canon digital cameras and 4 x 5 cameras. He served as Canon’s Explorers of Light for 10 years and now serves as an Explorer of Light Emeritus. In his role with Canon he is a sought after speaker, averaging a dozen lectures a year around the United States.
Lewis is also working with digital imaging on his Apple computer to create new work. His work has been sold for editorial and commercial uses in over 16 different countries ranging from national ads to book covers.
Kemper’s photographs are in many private collections as well as in the permanent collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art and Kaiser Permanente. His work has been shown nationally in galleries and museums. Some of these include: The Frederick S. Wight Gallery, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Cornell Museum, The Princeton Gallery of Fine Art, The Popular Photography Gallery, The Ansel Adams Gallery, Photographer’s Gallery and the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. He prints his own archival inkjet prints using Canon’s 12 color ImagePROGRAF 6450 printer using the finest materials available.
Lewis teaches photography for many organizations including Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Santa Fe Workshops, Light Photographic Workshops, Aspen Workshops and Betterphoto.com. He is the author of “The Yosemite Photographer’s Handbook”, and “The Yellowstone Photographer’s Handbook.” He was the photographer for, “Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest”, published by Graphic Arts Center Publishing. His monograph, “Capturing the Light” won the People’s Choice Awards in Fine Art in the 2009 Photography.Book.Now competition. His latest publication “Photographing Yosemite Digital Field Guide” was voted in the top 20 field guides. And he produces the acclaimed Photoshop training DVD’s “The Photographer’s Toolbox for Photoshop®”and “The Photographer’s Toolbox for Lightroom®.
His work has been published in numerous books including publications by The Sierra Club, The National Geographic Society, Little and Brown, APA Insight Guides, Prentice Hall, and Hyperion Books. His pictures have appeared in calendars published by Audubon, The Sierra Club, The Mono Lake Coalition, Self Realization Foundation, Golden Turtle Press, The Sierra Press, Day Dream Calendars, Avalanche Publishing, Browntrout, The Nature Conservancy, Tide-Mark Press and others. His work has appeared in magazines that include: Backpacker, Women’s Sports and Fitness, The Walking Magazine, Sierra, Motorland, Terre Sauvage, Environmental Protection Magazine, National Wildlife, National Geographic Traveler, American Photographer, View Camera, Digital Photo, Camera Arts, Shutterbug, PC Photo, Currents and Outdoor Photographer. His website is www.LewisKemper.com.