My name is Chris Walters and I am a Corning, NY based fine art photographer living and working in the Finger Lakes where my photography is on display in exhibitions and private collections throughout the region. I specialize in black and white and long exposure photography.
Ever since using my father's film camera in Key West, FL, my passion and understanding of photography and aesthetics grew first through technical study in high school and then through university studies in philosophy, religion, and English. During my extensive time living and traveling throughout the United States and overseas, I had the privilege to photograph my experiences and see my photography skills grow as my eyes opened up to the world around me.
Since January, 2013 I have served as the Grants Manager and Gallery Curator for The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. Prior to joining The ARTS Council I worked overseas for four years in the country of Georgia as the Country Director of an international non-profit where I also managed educational exchange programs. I have a BA in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the University of West Florida, an MA in International Educational Development from Columbia University, and completed two years of service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the country of Georgia.
After being welcomed and encouraged by the region’s arts community, I began showing my work in exhibitions throughout the Finger Lakes including Corning, Elmira, Ithaca, Penn Yan, and Watkins Glen. Recent awards include the Stephen and Elise Rosenfeld Excellence in Photography Award (1st Place) in the Arts Center of Yates County’s Annual Juried Photography & Painting Exhibition, Prize Winner in State of the Art Gallery’s 27th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, and 1st Place in Black & White for the 2015 Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine's Annual Photography Competition. In April 2016, I opened my first solo exhibition, Home, at 171 Cedar Arts Center's Houghton Gallery. Following this, I opened two more solo exhibitions in the Fall of 2016 - From Whence We Came at the Hinkle Gallery at Alfred State College and The Light of Other Days at the Loomis Gallery at Mansfield University.
I draw inspiration from cinematographers John Toll, Caleb Deschanel, Emmanuel Lubezki, Roger Deakins, Roger Elswit, Matthew Libatique, and Dante Spinotti as well as from authors Cormac McCarthy, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Helprin, and Norman Maclean..
Thank you for experiencing the world as I see it.