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One World, One Vision: The Photographs of Art Wolfe

May 3 - July 13, 2003


Ninety-seven masterful color photographs that span the world and career of the celebrated artist Art Wolfe are included in One World, One Vision: The Photographs of Art Wolfe on view at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, May 3- July 13, 2003. Organized by the Frye Art Museum, the large-scale images of landscapes, wildlife, and native cultures create a journey through the seven continents: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Oceania, and Antarctica. (left: Art Wolfe, King Penguins, South Georgia Island, United Kingdom, 1998, © 2003 Art Wolfe Inc.)

Trained as a painter, Wolfe's photographs are recognized for their aesthetic qualities and provide exceptional views of our planet that most of us only dream of seeing. His talent for expressing pattern, movement, and rhythm is especially well evidenced in pictures of soaring eagles, prowling tigers, and slinking lizards. Wolfe presents the mountains, forests, rivers, seas, islands, and deserts that make up the natural composition of our globe with bold forms and breath-taking perspectives. He depicts the rich cultures of indigenous peoples with extraordinary vitality and attention to detail. His sensitive use of light unifies intricate and delicate interactions of entire ecological systems.

The son of commercial artists, Wolfe graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in fine art and art education. Over the course of his career, he has worked in hundreds of locations. He now spends nearly 9 months a year traveling, and shoots over 2,000 rolls of film annually. Wolfe's unique approach is based on his training in the arts and his love of the environment. By employing artistic and journalistic styles, he documents his subjects, educates his viewers, and delights his audiences. (right: Art Wolfe, Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy, © 2003 Art Wolfe Inc.)

Wolfe's talent has been widely acknowledged and rewarded. In April 2000, he was awarded a coveted Alfred Eisenstaedt Magazine Photography Award; in 1998, he was named Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year by the North American Nature Photography Association; and in 1996, Photographer of the Year by Photo Media Magazine. A fully illustrated, color catalogue with an essay by Lewis Blackwell will be available in the museum store.


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