Tillman Crane, of Camden, Maine, is a photographer and writer with a singular style. Working solely with the "big" cameras (12x20-5x7), he photographs the quiet, often overlooked corners of our lives. When printed in palladium, these photographs reveal an elegance in scale and radiate with spirit.
He began his career as a photojournalist with The Daily Times in Maryville, TN, and worked for the State of Tennessee as a photographer for Governor Lamar Alexander before joining the resident faculty of the Maine Photographic Workshops and the University of Maine at Augusta in 1987. He earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware in 1990. In 1996, he moved his family to Utah and became the Director of the Photography program at the Waterford School. While there, he organized and ran the Mammoth Camera Workshop, an international workshop for large format manufacturers, teachers and enthusiasts. He has also taught workshops for The Maine Photographic Workshops, Peters Valley Craft Center, Coupeville Art Center, Inversnaid Photography Center in Scotland and the Scottish Royal Photographic Society.
Tillman's portfolios include Echoes of History, Spirit of Structure and Cathedrals of the Industrial Revolution. Recently completed projects include McLellan House, Portland, ME, commissioned by the Portland Museum of Art, Last Days of Thomaston Prison, Thomaston, ME, Crossing the Tracks for the Center for Documentary Arts, Salt Lake City and his photographs of the Baron Woolen Mill, UT. His work is found in the collections of the Portland Museum of Art (ME), Farnsworth Museum of Art (ME), Brigham Young University Museum of Fine Art (UT), and the Gibbs Museum of Art (SC). Tillman has written extensively on the craft of black and white photography for a wide range of publications, including View Camera Magazine, Ilford Photo Instructor and Darkroom Techniques.
In 2001 his first book, Tillman Crane/STRUCTURE, was published. His newest release, TOUCHSTONES, resulting from three years of traveling and teaching in Scotland, was released April 2005.
Exhibitions and Workshops
Spirit of Structure: Abandoned Farms of North Dakota
Platinum Printing in the 21st Century, Peters Valley Craft Center, NJ
Extraordinary Images in Ordinary Places
Platinum Printing in the 21st Century
The New Pictorialist: Working with Soft Focus Lenses
Spirit of Structure: Ghost Towns of Western Montana
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