About Chuck Kimmerle
When I am asked what kind of photographer I am, I usually hesitate. I am, in fact, a landscape photographer, but that moniker evokes unfair and incorrect expectations of mountain panoramas at sunset or vistas with foregrounds of colorful flowers. Neither occupy much space in my collection. Instead, my photographs are starker, simpler, quieter, and personal. They are about me. If I were forced to choose a category in which to place myself, I would probably make up a definition such as "neo-landscape" (or, just plain old photographer).
I began my career as a newspaper photojournalist and photo editor. It was during this time that I, along with three fellow staff photographers, was named as a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography. Aside from winning, it doesn't get much bigger than that. After more than 15 years working at daily newspapers in four different states, I left photojournalism. My next job was as the chief photographer, and occasional art director, at the University of North Dakota, where I remained for another ten years.
During these years as a staff photographer, I spent an increasing amount of time photographing the landscapes near where I lived. As my day job photographs were mostly in color and prominently featured people, I did my personal work in black and white and left out the actual humans, although I did keep their presence.
This delineation between my work pictures and my personal photographs was essential to keep from burning out of photography. However, there is no denying the influence my day-job photography had upon my personal work. For instance, I prefer the narrative of the single image as opposed to the conceptual or location-based cohesiveness of the defined photography project. And, I react very strongly to the juxtapositions near the confluences of where nature and man, coexist (or collide).
I now devote myself full-time to photographing the landscape in my unique, personal style. I prefer to photograph in areas devoid of obvious grandeur or explicit beauty, even if surrounded by such splendor. These are the areas I often think of as the “in betweens.” I prefer prairies to mountains, and the high desert to the slot canyons. I am most at comfortable, and at my most creative, in areas which are reticent, quiet, and open. The areas in between.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS, recent
2018 Solo Exhibit, Fort Collins Museum of Art, Fort Collins, Colorado
2018 Solo Exhibit, Dahl Fine Arts Center, Rapid City, South Dakota
2016 Solo Exhibit, The Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS/INTERVIEWS, recent
2020 Portfolio, Lenswork magazine, issue #147
Peripheral Vision, monograph by Lenswork Publishing
Black and White Photography published by Amherst Media
ARTIST RESIDENCIES/AWARDS/SPEAKING, recent
2021 Out of Chicago 2021! photography conference
2020 McCanna House Artist Residency, ND Museum of Art
2018 Tom West Award, Nicolaysen Art Museum
2014 Artist Residency, Joshua Tree National Park
2013 Artist Residency, Glacier National Park
2012 Artist Residency, North Cascades National Park
2011 Artist residency, Zion National Park.
1998 Finalist, Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography