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The 6 Best Fine Art Photographers in Tucson

With year-round sunshine and situated just a stone’s throw from some of the most incredible desert landscapes on Earth, Tucson, AZ, is a fantastic place to be a photographer! Location, however, is only one part of the equation to creating fine art — it takes a unique vision that can translate the template of the natural world, one’s subjects, and associated emotions into something entirely new that resonates with a greater audience. With that said, we’ve compiled a list of the top fine art photographers in Tucson in case you’re in need of a collaborative photoshoot or fascinating art for your wall space.

1. Sarah Neyhart Photography

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Oregon native turned desert dweller Sarah Neyhart is a Tucson-based fine art photographer with a love for cacti and the scenic landscapes of Arizona. Through her personal exploration of the harsh landscape, she creates thoughtful photography that uses the natural world as a template for her fine art vision.

She has an affinity for pastel shades of pink, teal, yellow, and miscellaneous desert sunset and floral shades. This makes sense, as the color story blends nicely with macro shots of cacti, empty fields, leaves, bubbles, and other striking finds. Her work comes across as enthusiastic, curious, and intrepid, which is a major reason why we’ve chosen her as one of the best fine art photographers in Tucson.

2. Toby Edwards Photography

A gifted fine art wedding photographer, Toby Edwards stands out from other wedding shooters through his desire to do more than document the day. Toby instead seeks to create unforgettable images suitable for wall prints, which requires an entirely different aesthetic from most wedding photography.

Fine art in general is a collaboration among subject, scene, and the view of the photographer to create something more than the sum of its parts. And Toby’s vision is one of soft pastel shades, clean white highlights, double-exposure portraits, and environmental portraiture that gives us a feel for place and context as much as the beauty of his subjects. Toby also shoots film, which gives his work a vintage-inspired flavor.

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3. Vicky Stromee Photography

Having learned photography at her father’s knee, Vicky Stromee came to love the experience of seeing memories coalesce in the developing tray of their basement darkroom. From there it was only a matter of time until she decided to find her own photography niche in exploring the natural world and the interplay of form, texture, and color.

While her work could be considered macro or abstract at times, it’s more accurate to call it fine art, as Vicky is finding perspectives often overlooked and bringing them to our attention. Her award-winning work has been recognized through the International Photography Awards, as well as selected by American Society of Media Professionals as part of the Best of 2015.

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4. Murray Bolesta

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“Deer Antler Still Life”

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Murray Bolesta is a fine art photographer with an eye for nature, landscapes, and travel. His work takes the distant reaches of the globe and makes them available as artwork for your home. From the desert sands of the American Southwest to the Bay Area of California and beyond, Murray documents wide open expanses and intimate macro images of plant-life alike. He mixes color and monochrome as needed to best suit the scene.

We especially enjoy his more minimalistic black-and-white images, such as Winter Starkness and Flock #3. Murray’s blend of creativity and realistic views of the natural world make him one of the best fine art photographers in Tucson working today.

5. A.T. Willett Photographer

From storm chasing to documentary work to cityscapes and portraits, A.T. Willett indulges his curiosity and world view through his photography. His fine art has found homes in the University of Arizona’s Special Collection, the Ritz Carlton at Dove Mountain, the Alliance Bank Collection, and with other private collectors. Many local, national, and international publications and organizations have also featured his photography.

As A.T. says himself, “My photographs have been used around the world from the first page of IBM.com, TIME.com, LIFE.com all the way to a stolen photograph in an Al Qaeda propaganda site.” We especially enjoy his storm chaser work, showcasing the dynamic raw power of the typically quiescent sky and how swiftly Mother Nature can morph into something frightening. 

6. Lacey Wolf Fine Portraiture

A fine art portrait photographer, Lacey Wolf produces carefully considered images, collaborating in studio or outdoors to create art that ranges from whimsical to classic. Her goal is to create priceless heirloom portraiture that will eventually get passed down for generations. Lacey’s work often has strong themes ranging from family connections to maternal bonds, the natural world, and even spirituality! It’s no surprise she’s among the most gifted Tucson fine art photographers.

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