HOWIE GARBER is a professional fine arts and nature photographer. He has lived in Salt Lake City since 1972. Howie’s interest in photography started in 1969 when he took a “History of Photography” class while at the University of Rochester. He remained an amateur for many years. At age 40, ( In 1990) he traveled to Nepal, his first trip outside North America, and shot 40 rolls of film while trekking for a month. This convinced him to spend more time with his cameras. While traveling in South America during 1991, his wanderlust was rewarded with an incredible stroke of luck. On his birthday, he was picked up while hitch-hiking by a Brazilian biologist who was doing jaguar research. Experiencing the wonder of observing wildlife in natural habitats was an incentive to improve his photography skills and start a second profession. Since then he has traveled and photographed on 7 continents including China, Bhutan, Patagonia, Peru, Antarctica, Brazil, Kenya, England, Alaska, Australia and Switzerland. He often returns to the same locations.
Howie’s images have been widely published as book and magazine covers; and in calendars, and greeting cards. Some of his clients have included Newsweek, National Geographic, Patagonia, Anheuser Busch, the Sierra Club, National Audubon Society, Greenpeace, and ColdWater Creek. In 1997, he received a prestigious award from the British Broadcasting Corporation. Howie won the Wild Places (Landscape) category of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. That same year, his photo of two mountain goats won the Endangered Places photo contest sponsored by Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Mamiya and Lowepro. During the summer of 2000, his work was featured in Nikon World. His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum and the Museum of Natural History in London. In 2004, his image of a caiman won the Animals in their Environment Category of the BBC contest.
Since 1983, Garber has worked as an Emergency Physician at small and large hospitals all over Western U.S. and Alaska. He finds that there are many similarities in his two professions. Every day as an outdoor photographer is different and often full of surprises. Your success depends on multiple factors-weather, planning, animal behavior and luck. In the hospital and in the field, you must accept that many factors are out of your control. In the same way that providing good health care is a team approach, his success as a photographer has likewise been dependent on wildlife biologists, gifted athletes, pilots, and river guides who have contributed to his success. One of the challenges that remains is how to use photography as a tool for conservation. Artistically capturing pure beauty seems hedonistic and socially irresponsible at times. It is important to document what we are trying to save as well as what we are destroying at a fast pace. Recently Howie has worked with Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment(UPHE.ORG) to improve Salt Lake City’s air quality. He has given numerous slide shows on his travels to the public as well as political leaders. He enjoys teaching photography and is available for slide shows, workshops, and one on one instruction.
Howie shoots digital as well as medium format and panoramic film cameras. In his Fine Arts images, he tries to exhibit photos that transport you to another place. Most of his color images are printed on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper by Photo Craft Imaging of Boulder Colorado using the Lightjet 430 printer. He has recently experimented with metallic printing and canvas photo-giclees. - Printing Facts and Info
Wanderlust and a love of nature have taken me to many wondrous places on 7 continents. I have captured glorious moments with cameras and film for 15 years and mostly digital Nikons the last 5 years.
The creation of a single photo is often the result of hours, days, or even weeks in the same place waiting for the right light or an intimate moment with wildlife. Even if you have been to this exotic location, my photo will hopefully transport you to a place that is unfamiliar. I have returned many times to the same places, yet the scene is always different. Nature is in perpetual change. This change has been accelerated by habitat loss and climate change. The result has been species loss and diminished biodiversity.
I waited 4 days for the fog to lift to capture one Wildflowers and Icebergs photo. Being in the same place at sunrise for 7 days means that one of those mornings will be magical. Every year the fall colors are different, but I have only seen brilliant orange aspens once. I have seen red maples coincide with golden aspens a few times. In one out of 20 years red maples peak with golden aspens, and a late September snow will drape the leaves for a few hours before they fade or fall. Timing, patience, luck, spontaneity, and the ability to drop everything are required. Peak wildflowers or fall foliage rarely last greater than one week. Three trips to Mexico and several weeks spent with wintering Monarch Butterflies have resulted in several photos that I would enjoy hanging on my wall.
While the digital realm has forced many to question what is real, I am exploring new relationships between shadow, light, and color that has allowed me to maintain the integrity of my subjects. Maintaining texture and detail in shadows and highlight was often impossible with film and snow often looked blue in the shadows. In the same way that a masterful black and white printer would spend an hour in the darkroom for a single print, every digital photo needs to be developed to capture what I saw. Archival prints are created from digital files under my supervision.
My valued clients are making once in a lifetime purchase, and I will gladly share the circumstances surrounding the photo’s creation. I will soon combine the story with each framed fine art photo purchased. I will be honored if you take a second look at my photos. I hope they will inspire you to take small steps to save what is rapidly disappearing from the natural world
National and International Photo Contests
- BBC Wildlife Photographer or the Year Contest. 2-First Places Awards, Wild Places 1997 and Animals in Their Environment 2004. This contest receives 20,000 photographs from photographers worldwide and is considered the most prestigious contest worldwide for nature photographers.
- Nature's Best Photo Contest 2002-2005 Several Honorable mentions with subsequent group exhibit in Smithsonian Museum
- Alaska Airlines Magazine, First Place (2004)
- National Wildlife Magazine, merit award and back cover, (1998 )
- Lowepro/Outdoor Photographer Magazine, First Place "Endangered Spaces" (1997)
- Rock and Ice Magazine First Place (1994)
Solo Exhibitions and Art Festivals:
- Invited Artist to Utah Arts Festival 2010
- ARUP Laboratories, June 2010
- 17 Fine Art Photograph Installation at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center 2009
- Gallery UAF, Artspace, Salt Lake City, Utah March 2009
- Park City (Utah) Kimball Arts Festival August 2008
- Evolutionary Health Care Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah. June 2008
- Art and Soup Community Fundraiser, Salt Lake City, Utah March 2008, 2009, 2010
- Vail, Co and Telluride, Co Art Festivals, August 2007
- State Wine Store July 1, 2006 to September 30, 2006. Utah Arts Council
- The Gallery, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Research Park , SLC, Utah March-May, 2006
- Solo Exhibit Pioneer Theater Salt Lake City, Ut. November, 2005
- 15 Years of Wanderlust, University Hospital, University of Utah. (2005)
- 15 Years of Nature Photography, Anderson Foothill Library. SLC (2004)
Polar Bear Photograph permanently exhibited in the Smithsonian Museum.
Select Group Exhibitions:
- Honorable Mention Natures Best Photo Contest with subsequent exhibits in the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C. (2005, 2004, 2002)
- Group exhibit Museum of Natural History in London and traveling exhibit in Europe as part of BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest. (1997,2004)
- World of the Wild, Hogle Zoo, Honorable Mention, Purchase award(1999-2010)
- Monte L. Bean Life Sciences Museum, Brigham Young University, 1st Place Award, Animal Wildlife. (2004) Purchase Award. (2003)
- Salt Lake International Airport, (1993-2003)
- Group photography exhibit at Phillips Gallery, SLC, Utah 2007
Magazines: Newsweek, National Geographic Adventure, National Wildlife, BBC Wildlife (England), Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Outdoor Photographer, Powder, Rock and Ice, Bugle, Backpacker, Natural History, Nikon World (Featured Photographer), Outside, Ranger Rick, Skiing, Utah Outdoors, Sierra, Salt Lake City
Covers: National Wildlife (back cover), Animals, National Geographic Video (Box Cover), The Wilderness Society (back cover), Cerca, Alaska Airlines, Territory Ahead, National Science Foundation, Mountaineers Books, Arctic Research
Calendars: Inner Reflections, Greenpeace, Cabellas, Audubon Engagement, Sierra Club Engagement, Willow Creek Press, Barnes & Noble Wildflower calendar, Utah Office of Tourism, Avalanche Publishing, Greatland Graphics, Zebra Publishing
Corporate/Nonprofits: National Geographic Books and Video cover, Black Diamond, Patagonia, Voile, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Ericsson Inc., Coldwater Creek, Nature Conservancy, The Wilderness Society (Catalogue Cover), Natural Resources Defense Council (mailing), Orvis, Arbor Day Foundation
Previous: Gallery Representation
- Palmer's Gallery, Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Marco Polo, Snowbird, Utah
- Mountain Colors, Snowbird, Utah.
- Picture This, Cottonwood Mall, Utah.
- Evergreen Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah.
I have given numerous slide presentations to the public and professional groups.
Slide shows during 2009-2010 have included :
- May, 2009 "Travels to Patagonia and Mexico Monarch Butterfly Migration" at Brewvies for Save our Canyons
- April 2009 "Impacts of Climate Change on Wildlife" Utah Public Health Laboratories Conference on Global Warming
- February 2010 "Starting a Second Career and transitioning from Film to Digital photography. I gave 75minute presentation to the Utah Chapter of American College of Emergency Physicians
- University of Rochester, B.A. General Science 1973-76
- Univ of Utah College of Medicine M.D degree 1980
- Board Certified Emergency Medicine 1991,2001
- Since 1983, I have worked in hospitals throughout Utah, Western U.S. and Alaska as an ER physician
- Dr. Frank Yanowitz, Director of Fitness Institute, LDS Hospital and Professor University of Utah College of Medicine 801-408-5302
- Dr. John Gezon, Mountain West Medical Center ER, Tooele, UT (435) 843-3600
- References for slide presentations and teaching -----
- Gale Dick, former Dean of Graduate School, Univ of Utah ph 801-359-5764
- Dr. Brian Moench, Director Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment 801-243-9089
- Rick Reese, Acting Director of Greater Yellowstone Coalition 406-585-9423