Garth Lenz

Artist's Statement and BIO

Artist's Statement

My primary subject is the landscape, both the natural and the industrial, photographed from the land and the air. In a sense, I do not want my images to look like photographs. However, I do not use special techniques or effects to try and achieve this goal, and I do not use special filters or equipment. Rather, it is through trying to see these subjects in a different way, and by seeking different viewpoints, subjects, and approaches. In this way, I strive to produce images which challenge traditional assumptions of landscape photography and beauty.

"Garth’s visual style to me is a blend of bold use of color and strong graphic compositions. Whether from the air or on the ground, Garth creates relationships between elements in the image, both spatially and metaphorically, to tell an ecological story. His images have a crafted, fine-art quality feeling - even "disturbing" content like his tar sands images. As important as his visual style is the content that Garth chooses to focus on, his understanding of complex environmental issues allows him to make powerfully relevant and important images. To me, it is the combination of his visual style and his choice of content that makes Garth a special photographer.

Melissa Ryan

Deputy Director & Senior Editor, Photo & Design, Nature Conservancy Magazine


Garth Lenz professional biography

Garth's Fine Art and editorial work has received the highest international awards, appeared in many of the world's leading international publications, and been exhibited widely. In 2009, Garth was named a Senior Fellow to the International League of Conservation Photographers. Garth is one of only is one of only 60 photographers worldwide to receive this honour.

Garth's work has appeared in the world's leading publications including, Time Magazine, GEO, National Geographic Society, The New York Times, Canadian Geographic, The Guardian, Esquire, and many others.

Garth's work has been widely exhibited. Recent exhibitions have included the G2 Gallery in Los Angeles, the Annenburg Space for Photography, the Powerhouse Arena in New York and Aperture Foundation in New York.