Frank W Gohlke

Professor, Photography Division

Regents Professor

Drama Bldg, Room 29

MA, English, Yale University; BA, University of Texas

Before his immersion in photography, Frank Gohlke studied English Literature. At Yale University (M.A. in English,1966), Gohlke met Walker Evans, and then studied privately with Paul Caponigro. His photographs came to notice in the influential 1975 group exhibition New Topographics: Images of a Man-Altered Landscape at the International Museum of Photography (George Eastman House) in Rochester. That same year, he accepted his first of two Guggenheim fellowships, one of many awards he has earned.  He has participated in important commissions from the Seagrams Corporation, AT&T, the Laboratorio di Fotografia in Reggio Emilia, Italy, the George Gund Foundation in Cleveland, the City of Venice, Italy, and Queens College, New York.

His books include Landscapes from the Middle of the World (Friends of Photography, 1988), Measure of Emptiness: Grain Elevators in the American Landscape (Johns Hopkins Press, 1992), and Mount St. Helens, Photographs by Frank Gohlke (Museum of Modern Art, 2005).

He has had numerous one-person exhibitions, including the Chicago Art Institute (1974), the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (1988), and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1978, 1983, 2005). A major retrospective exhibition and catalogue (Accommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke) are in preparation at the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth for 2007.  He has taught at Massachusetts College of Art, the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley College, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the universities of Harvard, Princeton and Yale.

Prof. Gohlke is the first Laureate Professor at the School of Art (University of Arizona) and The Center of Creative Photography. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do photography in Kazakhstan during the 2013-2014 academic year. Gohlke will explore the wild apple forests around Almaty, unique in the world, in southeast Kazakhstan and document their appearance and current condition.