I’m a Denver-based photographer specializing in portraits and stories.

While I bring my sensibility to a project, I try to be a clear conduit for what’s in front of me, never twisting someone into being something they’re not. I photograph with a clear viewpoint, but my opinions are highly susceptible to facts. I’m mostly a messenger. Please don’t shoot.

As a kid, I lived on a remote desert test site for chemical and biological weapons, picked fights I couldn’t possibly win, and built forts in sewers. It’s probably inevitable that I  accept people as they are, hoping for a little reciprocity.

I do editorial and commercial work. It’s all personal.




Contact
carl@carlbower.com
303 919 6181
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Press/Interviews
The New York Times
The Georgia Review
American Photography
Lenscratch
Showing
Resolve
Fisheye

Select Publications
The Sunday Times Magazine
The New York Times LENS
Vice
Time
Newsweek
U.S. News & World Report
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Georgia Review
Fraction Magazine
A Photo Editor
Float Magazine
Fisheye Magazine
Burn
Lenscratch
Verve Photo
Flak Photo
Feature Shoot
Cultured
Resolve
Sabato
Contract
Modern in Denver
Freethink
Afisha-Mir
Kukausiliite
Om Världen
Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Awards & Honors
Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, finalist
The Silver List
Photolucida Critical Mass Book Award, top six finalist
Critical Mass Top 50, 2010 and 2019
Review Santa Fe, 2022, 2014, 2010
FotoVisura Grant, third place
Latin American Fotografía 4, selected
Photography Book Now, editorial, second place
New York Photo Awards, Photographic Book, finalist
Portfolio Showcase Award, Center for Fine Art Photography
Director's Award, Colorado Photographic Arts Center
Blue Earth Alliance Prize for Best Project Photography
LOOKbetween, presenting photographer
Palm Springs Photo Festival Slideshow, finalist
Individual Artist Award, Maryland State Arts Council
Clarion Award
Clients
The Financial Times
Monitor on Psychology
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Health
Architect
L’OBS
Howler
Yahoo News
Southwest Contemporary
The Phillips Collection
Stanford University
Georgetown University
Temple University
The University of Denver
Beloit College
Kenyon College
Solace Healthcare
Dispatch Health
Community Solutions
Old Dominion Freight Line
GEI Consultants
Wilhm Design
Avvo
Diane
MidFirst Bank
Dewey Square Group
Ludlow Creations
Showing Project

Solo Shows
Private Fears, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland OR
Chica Barbie, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland OR
Diane's Story, 505 Gallery, Washington DC

Group Shows
Storytelling, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens GA
INFOCUS Self Published Photobooks, Phoenix Art Museum
Beauty Culture, The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles CA
Trust the Story, The Baldwin Photographic Gallery, Murfreesboro TN
The Relationship Show, Pingyao, China
Intimate Portraits, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury VT
Showing, University Art Gallery, CSU Stanislaus, Turlock CA
In a Time of Change, Colorado Photo Arts Center, SAS, Denver, CO
Exposed - Critical Mass, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA
Too Tired Project, Latitude, Chicago IL
Filter Photo Festival Photobook Exhibition, Chicago IL
Women's Work, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Select Gender, Farmani Gallery, New York NY
PhotoLust, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA
The Fence, Denver, CO

Collections
Portland Art Museum
Continuum Partners
Christopher Rauschenberg





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