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Mentor: Carlan Tapp

Carlan Tapp is a photojournalist and educator dedicated to documenting the social and environmental issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are the signatures of his work.

Carlan’s photography focuses on social justice, environmental, and health themes. His images have been used in numerous newspapers and other publications, including New Mexico Magazine, the Associated Press, NPR’s Living on Earth, and Honor the Earth. Carlan’s project work was nominated for the National Geographic All Roads Projects, and he has received grants from the Evergreen Foundation and the Impact Fund for his social justice work. His photo essays are syndicated nationally and internationally by Redux Pictures in New York.

Carlan’s early experiences studying with such master photography mentors as  Ansel Adams, Paul Caponigro, John Szarkowski, and Roy DeCarava shaped his appreciation and understanding of the importance of mentorships. Today Carlan carries forward the tradition of mentor as “trusted teacher,” encouraging students to take the time to explore, discover, and fully express their unique photographic vision and voice. Personal expression, project development, portfolio creation, and technical understanding of the craft of photography are some of the directions in which Carlan has worked with students.  His fundamental intention as a mentor is to help each of his students achieve their personal photographic goals.

Visit his web site at www.carlantapp.com.