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.