Wayne Lambert is a Colorado-based photographer who has photographed in the Southwest U.S. and Mexico since 1969. He has studied with Ansel Adams, Laura Gilpin, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, Roy Flukinger, and Dick Arentz.
His photographs, which are sometimes likened to those of the nineteenth-century expeditionary photographers, reflect his interests in classical formal documentation of geographic and ethnographic subjects. In addition to work in New Mexico and the Southwest, Lambert has worked extensively in central, western, and northern Mexico and since the 1970's has had a particular interest in the Purepecha, an indigenous group in the vicinity of Patzcuaro in the west Mexican state of Michoacan.
He became interested in photography in junior high school and in high school he worked part-time at a commercial photography studio and a daily newspaper. In college he first majored in photojournalism and then changed to geology/geography eventually receiving a Ph.D. degree in geology from the University of New Mexico. He has worked as a research geologist with the U. S. Geological Survey on projects which involved documentary landscape photography and as an archaeological geologist with Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia. For several years he taught geology, geography, and photography at West Texas A&M University. During the last 15 years he has devoted his time to photography and has owned galleries in Colorado Springs and Santa Fe. Currently he is a Studio Artist at the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs where he has a private studio and darkroom. He is represented by the Etherton Gallery in Tucson and the Afterimage Gallery in Dallas.
He works exclusively with large-format film cameras, mainly 8 x 10-inch, and makes both platinum/palladium contact prints and archival pigment-ink prints. Both processes assure excellent black-and-white print quality and longevity. All darkroom work and print preparation are done by him.
His photographs are popular with both private and institutional collectors and portfolios of his work are included in several major Southwestern collections including the Millennial Collection at Texas Tech University and the Center for Southwest Research at the University of New Mexico. He is particularly pleased that many of his clients have been first-time photography buyers who have been struck by the beauty and elegance of finely-crafted black-and-white photographs.
---The photograph of Lambert and his most commonly used camera, an 8 x 10-inch wood Deardorff, is by Kelly O'Connor Williamson.
Born, Fort Worth, Texas
2004 Workshop in platinum/palladium printing with Dick Arentz, Condon, Montana
1982 Workshop in black-and-white print permanence with Roy Flukinger and Siegfried Rempel,
1971-72 Tutorials in platinum printing with Laura Gilpin, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1970 Workshop in photography and book design with Ansel Adams, Nancy Newhall, Beaumont
Newhall, Morley Baer, and Adrian Wilson, Santa Cruz, California
1969 Workshop in photography with Ansel Adams, Dick Garrod, Henry Gilpin, Al Weber, Pirkle Jones,
and Dorr Bothwell, Yosemite, California
1968 University of New Mexico, Ph.D., geology
1955-57 Texas Tech University, University of North Texas, photography
U.S. Geological Survey, Central Missouri State University, West Texas A&M University,
Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (Mexico), Southern Methodist University, Wayne
Lambert Gallery (Artist/Owner)
2012 Mexico and the Southwest: Photographs in Platinum and Ink, Ward Russell Photography,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
2001 Shifting Landscapes: Considerations of Time, Place, and Culture, SRO Gallery, School of Art,
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
1991 Wayne Lambert / Photographs, Formal Gallery, College of Fine Arts, West Texas A&M
University, Canyon, Texas
1983 Photographs of the Southwest U.S. and Mexico, Southern Light Gallery, Amarillo College,
1983 Photographs of the Southwest U.S. and Mexico, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon.
2013 Colorado in Focus, Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, Colorado
2012 Studio Artists Show, Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, Colorado
2010 16th Annual Fine Print Auction and Show, Texas Photographic Society, Davis Gallery,
2009 15th Annual Fine Print Auction and Show, Texas Photographic Society, Davis Gallery,
2009 Images Beyond the Lens, A Classic-to-Contemporary Exhibit of Fine Art Photography by
Twelve Colorado Photographers, Gallery Two-Ten, Colorado Springs, Colorado
2008 Time and Place, Photographs from the Millennial Collection, Louise Hopkins Underwood
Center for the Arts, Lubbock, Texas
2008 14th Annual Fine Print Auction and Show, Texas Photographic Society, Davis Gallery,
2007 13th Annual Fine Print Auction and Show, Texas Photographic Society, Davis Gallery,
2007 Visual Edge 3: Handcrafted, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, Sacramento, California
2006 Wayne Lambert / Platinum and Silver, Apogee Studio, Salida, Colorado (with Fay Golson and
2005 TPS 14: The National Competition, Texas Photographic Society, Austin, Texas
2005 On Life and Living, Flash Gallery at Working with Artists, Denver, Colorado
2005 Crossing Borders: 13th Annual International Juried Exhibition, Laredo Center for the Arts,
2005 Wayne Lambert and Fred Hubiciki, Salida Art Walk, Salida, Colorado
2005 Fine Art Open, Arkansas Valley Art Center, Buena Vista, Colorado
2005 Member's Show, Circle of Confusion, Colorado Springs, Colorado
2003 Five-State Photography Competition, Hays Art Center, Hays, Kansas
2002 Rocky Mountain Juried Photography Exhibition, Business of Art Center, Colorado Springs,
2001 New Faces / New Prints / New Space, Afterimage Gallery, Dallas, Texas (with Paul Flaggman,
Brenda Hemsing, Brad Temkin, and Robert Vizzini)
1990 Created Histories, Fine Arts Gallery, School of Art, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas (with
Miguel Gandert and Kathy Vargas)
1976 Seven Photographers, The Darkroom Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2001 Society for Photographic Education, South-Central Region Conference, speaker
1990 Society for Photographic Education, South-Central Region Conference, speaker and panelist
PUBLICATIONS AND PRINT
In preparation Mexico, Photographs by Wayne Lambert
1992 New Mexico Magazine, February, 1992
1991 Photographic Possibilities, Robert Hirsch, Focal Press
1985-1994 Field Conference Guidebooks, New Mexico Geological Society, featured photographer
1984 Repeat Photography Newsletter, editor
The Polaroid Collection, Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Millennial Collection, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Arizona (www.ethertongallery.com)
Afterimage Gallery, Dallas, Texas (www.afterimagegallery.com)
"Beauty is the name of as good a place as any."
---Pier Giorgio Di Cicco
"But few, I fear, can tolerate simple truthfulness: there is not enough of excitement in it."
---Frances Frith, Introduction, Egypt and Palestine, 1858
"Photography is photography; and its purity and innocence is far too uniquely valuable and beautiful to be spoilt by making it imitate something else."
---Frederick Henry Evans
"Some people are still unaware that reality contains unparalleled beauties."
---Bernice Abbott, 1951
"...the beauty and force of factual, unmanipulated photography..."
---John Szarkowski, 1973
"Photography has certain inherent qualities which are only possible
with photography---one being the delineation of detail."
"I want the stark beauty that a lens can so exactly render..."
"[Weston] was one of those who taught photography to be itself."