Biography

Son of pioneering color nature photographer, author and environmentalist, Les Blacklock, Craig Blacklock grew up with a camera in hand. He often accompanied his father on photography trips throughout the American West and most often to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. After college, Craig joined with him in co-photographing several books and dozens of calendars. Craig’s first wife, Nadine Blacklock also contributed her photography to the family business until her death in an automobile accident in 1998.

Craig’s artistic practice is intrinsically linked to the interface of land and water in wilderness areas—most often Lake Superior. Since 1976 his artwork has evolved from large-format color landscapes depicting what these places looked like; to black and white nudes creating an emotional connection to the landscapes by expressing what it felt like to be within their environs; to increasingly non-representational imagery untethered from context.

In his new Light Waves photographs, the shoreline of Lake Superior and the sky above are seen only indirectly—reflecting as an amalgamation from the complex mirror of the water’s surface. In videos produced from these stills, images flow from one to the next like the waves themselves, with no distinct boundaries.

Blacklock’s work has been shown in over 35 solo exhibitions, including at the Phipps Center for the Arts, Mill City Museum, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Minnesota Center for Photography, Palm Beach Photographic Centre, and Tweed Museum of Art. His 19 books have won numerous awards, including three gold awards from Independent Publishers, a world-wide competition. Blacklock was the 2018 recipient of the George Morrison Artist Award.

Résumé

EMPLOYMENT 

Full-time fine art landscape photographer since 1976.  Opened Blacklock Photography Galleries in 2001.

 

EXHIBITIONS  

One or two-person shows. Selected from over 36.

2023 Duluth Public Library, Duluth, MN

2022 The Museum at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, West Palm Beach, FL

2019  White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake, MN   

2019  Watershed Gallery, National Eagle Center, Wabasha, MN                               

2019  Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, MN                                                       

2018  Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, MN

2018  Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater, MN

2018  Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI, 2018

2018  Mill City Museum (Minnesota Historical Society), Minneapolis, MN

2018  St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Visitor Center, St. Croix Falls, WI

2018  Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center, Ashland, WI  

2015-16 Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center, Ashland, WI                                                                                          

2013  Merrill Lynch Fine Art Gallery, within Great Lakes Aquarium 

2012  Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, Minnesota

2012  Merrill Lynch Fine Art Gallery, within Great Lakes Aquarium 

2004  Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

2004  Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Minnesota 

2004  Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley MN

1995  Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN

1993  Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN

1992  Polaroid Corporate Headquarters, Cambridge, MA

1991   Photographic Images Gallery, Portland, OR 

Northland National Art Competition, Nicollet College, Rhinelander, WI 2023

Group exhibitions:

2023 Northland National Art Competition, Nicollet College, Rhinelander, WI (Patron Award)

2023 Joseph Nease Gallery, Duluth, MN

2014  Crary Art Gallery, Pennsylvania; Wilderness at 50 One of 11 photographers Celebrating 50 years since the passage of the Wilderness Act.

AWARDS, HONORS   Select list — most important in bold

2023 International Book Awards, Finalist “Photography” for Light Waves 

2023 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards, Winner “Photography” for Light Waves

2023 Foreword Indies Book Awards,  finalist in two categories, bronze medal in “Coffee Table” for Light Waves

2023 Midwest Independent Publisher Awards, finalist in three categories, Winner “Total Book Design” for Light Waves

2020  Black and White Spider Awards 1 honorable mention, 7 nominations 

2019  Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), 2 gold awards (international)

2019  Pub West Design Awards 1 gold and 1 silver award

2019  Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Gold “Photography”

2019  Midwest Book Awards, 3 gold awards

2019  12th Annual International Color Awards, 7 nominations: Nature, Nudes, Wildlife 

2019  13th Annual Spider Awards, 2 nominations: Nature, Wildlife,

2018  George Morrison Artist Award (from Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, MN) 

2018  International Color Awards, 2 honorable mentions and one nomination

2015  International Photographer of the Year, 2nd Place, Professional Nudes

2015  Black and White Spider Awards, 5 nominations, 

2012  International Photography Awards, several, including 2nd place in Books,     Nature, 

2012  International Book Awards, Finalist Awards for 2 books

2007  Midwest Independent Publishers, Best Illustrated book

2005  Midwest Independent Publishers, Best coffee table/art book

2005  Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY), Best Photography Book (international) 

2005  Black and White Single Image contest, Bronze Award, Nudes (international)

1999  National Freedom Award, Nature/Art, 

1996  Midwest Independent Publishers, Best Hardcover Book Award

1996  Mid-America Publishers Association, Best Photographic Book Award 

1994  Lake Superior Magazine Achievement Award

1994  Minnesota Book Award, Illustrated Book

1994  Midwest Book Achievement Awards (3 including best hardcover) 

BOOKS  Selected list from 19 total

2022  LIGHT WAVES — Abstract Photographs of Reflections from Lake Superior

2018  ST. CROIX & NAMEKAGON RIVERS — The Enduring Gift (with one hour movie)

2012  APOSTLE ISLANDS — From Land and Sea

2012  PICTURED ROCKS — From Land and Sea

2007  Minnesota’s North Shore (with accompanying 3 hour movie)

2004  A VOICE WITHIN — The Lake Superior Nudes

2002  Horizons

1995  The Duluth Portfolio

1993  The Lake Superior Images

1988  BORDER COUNTRY, The Quetico-Superior Wilderness (re-issued in 1999)

1983  Minnesota Wild 

VIDEOS  Select list

2020  Pictured Rocks – From Land, Sea, and Air

2018  St. Croix & Namekagon River — The Enduring Gift (Shown on TPT-2 public tv) 

2007  Minnesota’s North Shore (Shown on TPT-2 public tv) 

MAGAZINES  Selected credits – Bold indicates feature stories.

American Photo 

Audubon, 

Backpacker, 

Canoe,

Good Light

Newsweek, 

Fine Art Photo (Germany) 

Focus

Outdoor Photographer 

Lake Superior 

Minnesota Monthly

Model Society

National Geographic Adventure 

National Geographic Traveler 

National Wildlife 

The New Nude 

Reader’s Digest 

Shutterbug

Sierra Club 

Smithsonian 

View Camera 

GRANTS 

2023 State Arts Board Grant, Creative Support for Individuals.

2021  State Arts Board Grant

2021  Arrowhead Regional Arts Council: Emergency Working Artist Grant. 

2020  Arrowhead Regional Arts Council: Emergency Working Artist Grant. 

2018  Arrowhead Regional Arts Council: Career Development Grant 

2017  Arrowhead Regional Arts Council: Technology Grant

2016  Arrowhead Regional Arts Council: Career Development Grant 

2012  Arrowhead Regional Arts Council: Technology Grant 

MAJOR COMMISSIONS   Select list

2022 Northern Lakes Surgery Center, Moose Lake, MN

2019  Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, MN 

2018  Pine Heath Care, Sandstone, MN 

2014  Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, MN.

2005  Canal Park Lodge, Duluth, MN 

TEACHING 

Taught photography workshops since 1982 for the following venues 

Complete Scholar, University of Minnesota, MN

Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society, OH

Dynamic Nudes (Lake Powell,) UT 

FOTOfusion, Palm Beach Photographic Centre, FL 

Madeline Island School of the Arts, WI

Minnesota Center for Photography, MN

Minnesota Marine Art Museum, MN 

Palm Beach Photographic Centre, FL

Split Rock Arts Program of the University of Minnesota, MN 

LECTURES

Hundreds of programs including at art centers, museums, colleges and universities, professional conventions and camera clubs. Twice been the keynote speaker at the Twin Cities Area Camera Club annual meeting. 

JURROR

Palm Beach Photographic Centre 2022 Members’ Show. 

ASSOCIATIONS/OTHER 

  • Co-founder and president of a non-profit nature sanctuary that for many years, in partnership with the Jerome Foundation, provided artist residencies, and protected hundreds of acres of wild land from development. All land and assets from this non-profit were donated to Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center in 2021. 
  • Senior Fellow at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing, where I write for the Mandala and have produced many hours of nature videos for use in health care and senior living.
  • For 19 years, co-owner of Waters of Superior, a gallery/store in Duluth, Minnesota, showing the work of over 100 artists (Now permanently closed because of the pandemic).