After spending seven years of college studying classical piano, Charles Cramer visited Yosemite National Park, and soon realized he wanted out of those tiny practice rooms! Realizing the similarities between interpreting music and interpreting a negative, he soon became enamored with making prints. Thirty years later, he is recognized as a master printmaker in both darkroom-based dye transfer printing, and now in digital processes. In 1987 and 2009, Cramer was selected by the National park Service to be an artist-in-residence in Yosemite. His prints are available internationally through many galleries, and his work has been published by National Geographic Books, Sierra Club, and the Yosemite Association. He has taught digital imaging for the Ansel Adams Gallery Workshops, Anderson Ranch, John Sexton Workshops, and others. He is included in the books Landscape: The World’s Top Photographers, published in 2005, and First Light, published in 2009. His work can be seen at www.charlescramer.com.
During the last 30 years, I have wandered with my camera throughout the landscapes of the United States. I am drawn to photograph primarily by the “light” and only secondarily by the subject.
I search for that special kind of light that can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. This brings me out at seemingly odd times—sunrise, sunset, during storms and snowstorms. The weather can be onerous. But when everything comes together for a photograph, all that is quickly forgotten.
The end goal of my photography has always been to make beautiful prints. I have spent a large part of the last 30 years refining my skills not just photographing the natural scene, but learning how to make the best possible prints from these images. This led me to take up dye transfer—an impossibly complex and time-consuming method to make color prints. Only recently, with the maturation of digital imaging, have I embraced another process that can rival a dye transfer print.
My goal is to capture moments in time and space that resonate and transcend the subject. Images that evoke an emotional response, while remaining faithful to the landscape.
Thanks to Jim and Betty Kasson for sponsoring the show!
Charles Cramer Print Raffle
Rock Detail, Ormiston Gorge, Australia,
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Charles Cramer has graciously donated a beautiful (and rare) Dye Transfer print to the Center. Congratulations to William Giles, the lucky winner of