Ted Orland lives in Santa Cruz, California, where he pursues parallel careers in teaching, writing and photography. Ted first visited Yosemite in 1966 as a student in Ansel Adams’ Summer Photography workshop, and in the early 1970’s became assistant to Ansel Adams and printer of Adams’ Yosemite Special Edition Prints. He taught at the annual Ansel Adams Yosemite Workshop fifteen times, and continues to visit the Park frequently. In 1988 he received a Certificate of Special Recognition from the United States Congress for his work in the conservationist movement to save Mono Lake.Currently he teaches master classes for the University of California Extension, and at photography workshop centers across the country.
Orland is author of Man & Yosemite, which traces the early history of Yosemite as interpreted through photographs of the period; he also wrote the Introduction to Uelsmann/Yosemite, a book of decidedly contemporary images by photographer Jerry Uelsmann. A major selection of Ted’s photographs and writings appear in his monograph, Scenes of Wonder & Curiosity. Ted is the co-author (with David Bayles) of the book Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Printmaking, which explores the nature of the art-making process. Art & Fear has been on the best–seller list for art books ever since its publication in 1994, and is currently in its tenth printing.
Orland’s hand-colored black & white photographs follow in the West Coast tradition of fine craft printmaking, but engage a wide range of contemporary subject matter. Recently he has begun scanning his hand-colored work and generating inkjet prints. He is now bypassing the darkroom entirely (except film developing) and either “hand-coloring” images on the computer or re-working color negatives. His photographs are exhibited widely and appear in many major museum collections, including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan, the Amon Carter Museum, Dallas,Texas and The Oakland Museum of California.