Kenneth Parker

Photographer Kenneth Parker is a large format landscape colorist working principally in remote pristine wilderness areas throughout the world where he has trekked extensively. His early experience as Eliot Porter’s field assistant helped to nurture a loving eye devoted to isolating and capturing the mysteries in nature that he struggled for decades to unravel as a research scientist in oceanography and global climate change. 

Most of Parker’s photographs are captured over the course of 5-10 day backpacking excursions hauling 75-85 pounds of large-format equipment as he becomes immersed in a profound sense of place.  Often several days are spent contemplating the changing light and intimacy of a composition before completing a single exposure.  Usually only a few distinctive images will result from one of these journeys. 

Over the past four decades, Parker has produced a body of work in solely traditional film formats that has been widely exhibited and published.  While much of that time was occupied with his natural science career, he consistently maintained and exercised the creative passions that have now fully committed his life focus to photography.

Parker is currently completing a captivating new portfolio Big Sur ~ Gentle Fury with its intimate compositions of the rugged granitic pinnacles, wave sprays and tide pools along this magnificent shore where he resides.  And a major publication is currently underway of his multi-expedition imagery from the remote kingdom of Mustang on the Tibetan Plateau.    Together with powerful landscapes, cultural and enchanting festival depictions, the volume will feature the monumental 14th century monasteries lying at its heart, which have been the site of a decade of painstaking restorations on what are being recognized as the most magnificent Tantric fresco wall murals ever uncovered in the Tibetan world.

Kenneth Parker is represented in leading galleries and collections nationwide including the renowned Weston Gallery in Carmel and Getty Images, The Art of Wild in Europe, and has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, Oakland Museum, California Academy of Sciences, and the Los Angeles County and San Diego Museums of Natural History.


“Parker’s stunning prints have impressed me and will no doubt also impress you for their beauty of craft as well as content.  Those who will give sufficient time to discover what has been wrought through his efforts will no doubt be rewarded.  He has met and mastered the shape of his own passion and vision.” –Paul Caponigro

“Ken is my favorite color photographer.  The way in which he works with light is inspiring.  It feels as if he has an arrangement with God.” –Ruth Bernhard