photo: Curtis Grindahl, 85mm 1.4 Nikkor

About George Ward

An enduring presence in American nature photography for over thirty years, George Ward’s images have been widely featured in national publications, including many appearances in the Audubon Society and Sierra Club calendars and note cards. Magazine credits include Sierra, Newsweek, Outside, Backpacker, Outdoor Photographer, Nature’s Best, Smithsonian and Sunset. His work has also appeared in numerous books showcasing the natural history of the West, and his art prints are part of many private and corporate collections.

George’s first memories of nature in art trace back to early childhood and the astonishing work of John James Audubon. Later in life, after focusing on music for most of the 1970s, George obtained a Nikon camera and for several years taught himself photography. He went on to use the 4X5 view camera exclusively between 1988 and 2008, and currently uses Nikon DSLRs.

About the Images

George Ward dancing with the stars. photo: Forrest Galt

Each image on this site is made either from one sheet of 4×5 film, or one digital capture. George avoids combining multiple exposures—a process that can often distort and misrepresent the charm of nature. His intention is to faithfully convey the energy, peace and sense of renewal that contact with wild places brings.

Past Clients Include

Other clients have included: Avalanche Publishing, Avalon Travel, Backpacker Magazine, Barnes & Noble, Bay Nature Institute, BrownTrout Publishers, Cachuma Press, California State Parks Foundation, California Travel and Tourism, Companion Press, Falcon Press, Firemans Fund, Foghorn Press, Ford Motor Company, Gaiam, Gladstone Media, Grand Canyon Trust, Hewlett-Packard, Inner Reflections, Kaiser Permanente, KC Publications, Mead, Mono Lake Committee, National Audubon Society, National Parks Foundation, National Park Service, National Wildlife Federation, National Geographic Society, Nature Conservancy, National Parks Conservation Association, Newsweek, New World Library, Nature’s Best Magazine, Natural Resources Defense Council, Nikon, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Outside Magazine, Perseus Books, Pomegranate Communications, Random House, Rand McNally, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Save the Redwoods League, Sierra Club Books, Sierra Press, Sierra Magazine, Simon & Schuster, Shearson Publishing, Smithsonian Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Time Inc., University of California Press, Via Magazine, Westcliffe Publishers, Wilderness Society, Workman Publishing.