About Michael Katz Photography
I've been photographing landscapes, mostly in the American West and Midwest, for nearly thirty years. As a writer I was inspired by the essays of Sigurd Olson describing the canoe country of northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, and Wallace Stegner reflecting on the West from the Canadian plains to the Grand Canyon. My interest in photography was piqued when I attended a lecture by Ansel Adams, who had just published "Yosemite and the Range of Light," and the next spring I attended a workshop at Yosemite with wildlife photographer Tupper Ansel Blake. Over the years I've attended workshops with acclaimed photographers such as Craig Blacklock, Galen Rowell, Bill Fortnoy, Keith Walklet and Tom Bol. All have given me a sense of wild lands and how they touch the human spirit, providing a context to my own discoveries.
Many of these images were shot with 35 mm cameras. The panoramics utilize a Hasselblad X-Pan II. I've stuck with film for a long time, but my traditional 35mm work is now with the Canon 5D Mark II.
I work closely with my printers at Metal and Paper Pro to produce the finest prints available. They employ Photoshop to apply traditional darkroom techniques -- dodging, burning, cropping, color balance and saturation -- to bring the most out of each image. Unless otherwise specified, all prints are on Fuji Crystal Archive paper.
I'm also a novelist. My latest fiction, Dearly Befuddled, is a romantic comedy about a landscape photographer shooting the Yellowstone wedding of a woman he's hopelessly stuck on. Check it out!
Hopefully, my images portray the beauty and fragility of public lands that belong to all of us, and convey to others the peace and freedom I find when I put on my hiking boots and leave the road behind.