Charles Cramer: Lyrical Landscapes

Charles Cramer is recognized as a master printmaker in both darkroom-based dye transfer printing, and now in digital processes. In 1987 and 2009, he 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 has been profiled in PhotoTechniques and Outdoor Photography (UK), among others. Cramer is also included in the book “Landscape: The World’s Top Photographers,” published in 2005.

Charles says of his photographic career: “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”.

Cramer’s work can be seen at


Aspen Dance, Autumn, June Lake


Pines, Emerging Arch, Kolob Canyon, Zion


Pine, Face of Half Dome, Yosemite


Tree Snags, Waimea Canyon, Kauai



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