Marv Poulson


Marv Poulson

Making photographs brings imagination, light, nature, time and space together with a transcendence to reality for me. Working exclusively in natural light, I emphasize natural surrealism while engaging the emotions evoked by the natural realm, especially the mystery or magical essence of light-play in the world. Photography provides me an expressive channel that transcends language. My pictures emerge through imagination and experience with the interaction between light and subject supported by a keen interest in natural history.

I personally make all of my photographs and create individual, archival, photographic, color pigment prints. Working exclusively in natural light, I emphasize surreal landscapes and closeups, engaging the emotions evoked by the natural realm, especially the mystery or magical essence of light-play in the world.

My images originate using 35MM and 4×5 color transparency film scanned at high resolution, and high resolution digital cameras to match the natural image for direct color printing. Using archival color pigment digital printing techniques and materials, I create luminous prints with full color and tonal depth on acid free, 100% cotton fiber, fine art paper. This allows me to create individual, finished prints as faithful to the natural image as possible and of heirloom quality, in signed and numbered editions. Finishing each print includes 8 ply museum matte and solid natural cherry framing.

Using the print as a record of growth and a means of sharing, I pursue greater connection with my medium and how light graces each subject. The advent of digital print making enables a level of control and quality long exclusive to black and white darkroom prints. I find digital color pigment prints increasingly satisfying with truly archival quality, luminescence, accurate color quality, and full tonal depth. Fulfilling my goal of sharing the results of photographic imagery remains my 40 year passion through fine color archival prints.

Currant & Up-coming Events:

  • March 4 to April 14, 2006, ‘Ways & Passages’ one-man show Art Barn, Park Gallery, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Utah
  • August 1 to September 5, 2006, ‘Light Ways & Passages’ one-man show Durango Art Center Gallery, Colorado
  • Natural Rhythms: A series reflecting natures patterns, graphics, textures, transitions, and emergence.
  • Mysterious Landscapes: Images of the land under the grace of light in the passing day.
  • Looking Up: The sky from dawn to evening as nature paints with clouds, light and magic.
  • Natures Garden: Images of flowers and leaves arranged with light as only nature can.


  • Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Hogan Gallery, Moab, Utah

Professional Associations:

  • Member of NAIA the National Association of Independent Artists
  • Member of PPA, Professional Photographers of America
  • Member of PDIA, Professional Digital Imaging Association


  • Guild Source Book 18 participation with a portfolio published in September, 2003, page 249.
  • My work has appeared variously in magazines, books, calendars, stationary, and exhibitions, including: National Geographic publications, National Wildlife publications, Canoe Magazine, Nature Conservancy publications, North American Rock Garden Society Bulletin, American Horticultural Society publications, World Wildlife Fund publications, Peavine Productions products, Backpacker Magazine, Kendal Hunt Publishing science books, World Wildlife Fund books, Franklin Watts Publishing, Grosvenor Publishing, and Macmillan Publishing. Exhibitions have included numerous events in Utah and the West, and international salons, including the Singapore International Salon of Photography.

Marv also lectures periodically on photographic and natural history topics for regional and national organizations including: The Nature Conservancy, North American Rock Garden Society, National Wildflower Research Center, Utah Native Plant Society, and Red Butte Gardens and Arboretum.

Salt Lake City, UT
Home: 801-558-0875
Work: 801-558-0875

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