Master landscape photographer James Randklev has diligently pursued his unique portrayals of nature for 30 years. He is recognized as one of America’s finest photographers. After a career in biological science and medicine, he turned to photography concentrating on landscapes as his subject and color as his medium. Photographing primarily with large format cameras Randklev’s explorations have led him to travel throughout America. The richness and subtlety of his images, as well as his unique vision to find and capture vivid patterns of color and forms, has earned him the recognition and esteem of both his peers and publishers. Editor Dan Richards of Popular Photography Magazine quotes: “If photography could be thought of as music, James Randklev’s work might well be considered baroque: thoroughly grounded in traditional elements, but with a further layering of complexity and variety to intrigue us. And for all their lush profusion, there are no superfluous notes”.
From the very beginning of his career, Randklev had a natural curiosity of the environment and a commitment to enlighten others about protecting what we have. Growing up on the rugged Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, Randklev’s love of nature led to a degree in biology from the University of Washington. Working as a seasonal ranger at Olympic National Park, he further solidified his love for nature’s complexity and beauty. The brilliance and sensitivity of his work has made him one of the Sierra Club’s most published photographers.
Randklev’s work has been published in numerous national periodicals including Travel & Leisure, Natural History, Sierra, Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, National Geographic Traveler, Navigator, Alaska Airlines, National Parks and Conservation, and Coast to Coast. More recently his images have been sought by major advertising agencies for American Express, Cadillac, Holland America, Alamo, Boeing, UpJohn, Weyerhauser, Safeco, Nike, Toyota, Columbia Sportswear, Hitachi and others.
Fine art prints of Randklev’s images can be found in some of America’s finest corporate art collections including Cox, ARCO, Fluor, Bank of America, IBM, Warner Brothers, Walt Disney, Sheridan, I.T.T and more. He is the author of over 200 calendars and 14 major books including: “In Nature’s Heart – The Wilderness Days of John Muir” (1991), “Georgia – Images of Wildness” (1992); “Wild and Scenic Florida” (1995); “Georgia Impressions” (2001); “Georgia Simply Beautiful” (2002); “Olympic National Park Impressions” (2002) ; “Florida Impressions” (2002) ; “Florida Simply Beautiful” (2003) ; ”Bryce Canyon National Park Impressions” (2003) ; “Arizona Impressions” (2005) ; “Tucson Impressions” (2006) ; “Monterey Peninsula Impressions” (2006) ; and “Zion National Park Impressions” (2008).
His numerous awards include a New York Art Directors Award, a gold medal award from Roger Tory Petersen Institute of Natural History as well as the only American photographer chosen to exhibit his work at the 1997 International Exhibition of Nature Photography in Evian, France. In 2003 Randklev was selected to be included in a book titled “World's Top Nature Photographers—and the stories behind their greatest images“ by Roto Vision Publications, London, England. In 2009 Randklev’s Kauai image was chosen for Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.
Randklev’s work continues to evolve and enlighten others to help protect our historic and natural wonders for future generations. His vision of creating powerful landscape imagery provides us with indelible images that express our need to communicate to the world.