Henry Gilpin, Photographer
A most respected teacher and mentor for forty years, Henry Gilpin continues
to impact the world of photography with every image he makes and student he
teaches. Henry isn't changing photography's direction but is substantiating and
clarifying it with his mastery of the technical and aesthetic issues. He peels
back the layers of the day's ever-present noise and distractions to show us what
is truly there. With almost an uncanny awareness of what's to come or happen in
front of the camera, Henry constructs balanced compositions that would seem to
take hours to arrange yet, they are 'captured moments.' A quiet, humble and
complex individual with monumental gifts freely shared to all.
Henry Gilpin began his photographic life in Yosemite in 1959. He says it
began as he held the work of Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, Ansel
Adams and other early masters. This was his introduction to all that a fine
photographic print could be!
Henry Gilpin has taught photography to students at Monterey Peninsula College
since 1963. A background in engineering probably helped Gilpin's understanding
of the technical process of photography, an area that Ansel Adams mastered, and
Henry Gilpin soon began teaching.
Gilpin's motto for his students is: Do it right, do it yourself, and use the
Zone System. Although Gilpin personally chose to remain with his first love of
the full-tonal-range silver print, he encourages his students to learn the new
tools of photography, the digital tools.
Gilpin enjoys making landscapes and abstracts mostly. [He refers to abstracts
as designs]. He also prefers to work with black-and-white film. He uses a 2 1/4"
x 2 1/4" or 5" x 7" format camera.
Aside from his college teaching career, he has been instructor for many
workshops over the years, including Ansel Adams workshops in Yosemite; the
Friends of Photography; Owens Valley Workshops; John Sexton Workshops;
University of California, Santa Cruz workshop; and the University of Alaska.
Henry Gilpin's work has been collected and exhibited internationally. He
lives with his wife, Doris, on the Monterey Peninsula.