Biography

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Erin Babnik is known internationally as a leading photographic artist, educator, writer, and speaker. Her ambitious and expressive style of landscape photography brings together an unusual integration of adventurous exploration, progressive techniques, and formal education in the arts. In her writing and public speaking, Erin explores topics with a unique blend of art historical, philosophical, and instructional ideas, an approach that has made her one of the most notable voices among the current generation of landscape photographers.

Erin’s dedication to the medium of photography evolved out of her years working as an art historian, photographing at archaeological sites and in museums for the purposes of teaching and research. Previously, she had experimented with photography creatively in art school, working with both film and early digital cameras to explore the potential for photography to communicate ideas in graphic design projects. Full immersion in the art of photography would come some years later, however. After transferring to UC Berkeley’s Ph.D. program in Art History, she began to produce photographs for her dissertation and for lecturing as an instructor of undergraduate courses. It was at this point that her interest in photography became an obsession. Her goal of producing a high-quality archive of photographs for educational purposes ultimately led to the pursuit of compelling images as ends in themselves.

Erin spent the last six years of her academic career moonlighting as an assignment photographer and slowly transitioning to her current focus on wilderness photography, ultimately developing that passion into a full-time profession. Erin now travels worldwide to teach photography workshops and to give talks about her work and about the genre of landscape photography. Erin is also a member of the illustrious nature photography team Photo Cascadia.

Scroll below for recent press about Erin.

Erin on Dunes

Interviews and Other Press

INTERVIEWS:

  • “One of the World’s Top 25 Landscape Photographers, Erin Babnik, Joins Christian and Carwyn for a Chat.” Light Minded Podcast, Episode 11, Interview with Erin Babnik. Link.
  • “That Life and Photography Balance”, B&H Photography Podcast Interviews with Erin Babnik, Sofia Aldinio, Colin Boyd, Erika Skogg, and Car Pelleteri. Link.
  • “Adventure and Landscape Photography with Erin Babnik” video interview for This Week in Photo (TWIP). Link.
  • “Leave No Trace (with Erin Babnik)”, The No Name Photo Show, Episode 55. Link.
  • “Erin Babnik Answers Your Questions”, Out of Chicago Podcast Interview. Link.
  • “Erin Babnik on Reslience”, The Traveling Image Makers, Episode 165. Link.
  • “Erin Babnik Shares Two New Awesome Adventures & Priceless Landscape Photography Tips”, Photog Adventures Podcast Episode 120. Link.
  • “The Photographer’s Roundtable” AdoramaTV, Pilot Episode, October 18, 2018. Link.
  • “Post-Processing Debate with Alex Nail and Erin Babnik”, f-stop Collaborate and Listen, Episode 71. Link.
  • “”Live from Moab!”, Panel Discussion with Erin Babnik, Ian Norman & Josh Cripps”, Landscape Photography Podcast, Episode 43. Link.
  • “Quality vs. Quantity”, The Landscape Photography Podcast Episode 36, Interview with Erin Babnik and Alex Noriega. Link.
  • “Behind the Scenes: Workshops with Erin Babnik” Interview for f-stop gear Stories. Link.
  • “Embracing Technology in the ‘New’ Landscape Photography”, B&H Photography Podcast with Erin Babnik and Sean Bagshaw. Link.
  • “Thinking Beyond the Typical Photo”: Photography Roundtable Podcast, Episode 244, Interview with Erin Babnik. Link.
  • “Erin Babnik on Composition for the Landscape Photographer”, The PhotoTellers (Fireside Network). Link.
  • “Live Panel Discussion with Erin Babnik, Thomas Heaton, and Bryan Peterson”, The Landscape Photography Podcast, Episode 15. Link.
  • “Developing the Eye with Erin Babnik”, The Landscape Photography Podcast Interview, Episode 1. Link.
  • “Art History and Landscape Photography with Erin Babnik”, Out of Chicago Podcast Interview. Link.
  • “Artistic Vision in Landscape Photography”, f-stop Collaborate and Listen, Episode 2, Interview with Erin Babnik. Link.
  • “Developing the Eye with Erin Babnik”, Photography Roundtable Podcast, Episode 238. Link.
  • Meeting of Minds Conference, Live Video Interview with Erin Babnik in Penrith, England. Link.
  • “From History of Art to Contemporary Visions”, Interview with Erin Babnik, On Landscape Magazine, Issue 126, November 7, 2016. Link.
  • Image & Rhythm Interview with Erin Babnik. Link.
  • “On the High Mountains with Erin Babnik”, The Traveling Image Makers. Link.
  • “Erin Babnik: Tips to Immediately Shoot More Creative Photos”, Photography Roundtable. Link.
  • ”Erin Babnik: The undisputed queen of landscape photography”, Improve Photography Podcast. Link.
  • “Landscape Pro Erin Babnik Shares Her Love of Atmospheric Settings”, Digital Photographer Magazine Interview, Issue 167, December 8, 2015. Link.
  • “Erin Babnik: Art History & the Legacy of Landscape Photography”, The PhotoTellers Show (Fireside Network). Link.
  • Photo Cascadia Interview with Erin Babnik. Link.
  • “Featured Photographer, October 2014”, Aperture Academy Interview with Erin Babnik. Link.

OTHER PRESS:

  • End Frame Feature, OnLandscape Magazine. Link.
  • “The 25 Best Landscape Photographers of All Time”, PhotoBlog. Link.
  • “15 Inspiring Lansdcape Photographers You Should Follow,” DIY Photography. Link.
  • “18 Thought Provoking Quotes from Five of the World’s Best Photographers”, Resource Travel Magazine. Link.
  • “Top 25 Landscape Photographers of 2018”, Capture Landscapes”. Link.
  • “The State of Landscape Photography in 2018: A Roundtable Discussion with Top Pros”. fstoppers. Link.
  • “The Best Landscape Photographers from Around the World”, Camera House. Link.
  • “Erin Babnik on Going Pro: Making Landscape Photography Your Business”. fstoppers. Link.
  • “Harness the Power of Color Like a Pro When Processing Landscape Photography”. fstoppers. Link.
  • “40 Landscape Photographers to Follow on Instagram”, Capture Landscapes. Link.
  • “25 Landscape Photography Portfolios Worth Your Attention”, The Photo Argus. Link.
  • “200+ Women Landscape & Nature Photographers Who Inspire”, Nature Photo Guides. Link.
  • “Female Landscape Photographers Who Inspire”, Photo Cascadia. [NB: this article was published before I was invited to join the team.] Link.
  • “15 Amazing Women Landscape Photographers You Should Follow Right now”, 500px. Link.
  • “10 of the Best Landscape Photographers”, Pixte. Link.
Erin in the Field

Sponsors & Partners:

Please take a moment to visit the links below of the sponsors and partners whose support helps me to accomplish more with my art and educational efforts.

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Kirk Photo
Wilderness First Responder Patch

Erin Babnik is certified by Wilderness Medical Associates as a Wilderness First Responder.

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