Carlan Tapp is a photographer, and educator dedicated to documenting the social and environmental issues that define our times. He uses his camera to look at the world striving to tell stories of the twenty-first century. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are the signatures of his work.
He studied photography at Art Center College of Design. Between 1973 and 1976 he worked with the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service to document social impact on public lands. In 1977 Carlan had the opportunity to work for three years as a teaching assistant with Ansel Adams in the Yosemite Workshops.
In 2005 Carlan Tapp established a Federal (501c3) non-profit project Question of Power. The project tells human stories of individuals, families, and communities. Stories of unheard voices affected by the extraction, production, consumption, and waste materials of coal in the creation of electricity for America.
Carlan’s photography focuses on social justice, environmental, and health themes. His photographs have been used in numerous publications and newspapers including New Mexico Magazine, Associated Press, NPR – Living on Earth, and Honor the Earth. His project work was nominated for the National Geographic All Roads Projects. He has received grants from the Evergreen Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Impact Fund for his social justice work. He is the recipient of the Bunn Lectureship award. His photo essays are syndicated nationally and internationally by Redux Pictures in New York. Carlan’s photographs are included in collections in the United States, China, Australia, and Spain.