Craig Potton is one of New Zealand's leading landscape photographers and a noted conservationist.
Born in Nelson, New Zealand, he gained degrees in Eastern Religion and
English, then, after a brief teaching career, began working full-time
for the conservation movement. He remains actively involved in
conservation work more than thirty years later. Craig is now
established as one of New Zealand's leading photographers of wilderness
landscapes, and in pursuit of his photography he has tramped and
climbed extensively in New Zealand, its Sub-antarctic Islands, the Dry
Valley and Ross Sea areas of Antarctica and the Nepal Himalaya. More
recently, he has worked as Location/Stills Photographer on The Lord of the
Rings, Peter Pan and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe motion pictures, and has had a major retrospective
exhibition at North Carolina's Rowe Gallery in the United States.
Craig is the founder of Craig Potton Publishing, based in
Nelson. His photographic publications include Images of a Limestone
Landscape; Above New
Zealand; Offerings from Nepal;
Wearable Art - Design for the Body; Classic Walks of New Zealand; Wild and Scenic New Zealand; Moment and Memory; Improbable Eden - The Dry Valleys of Antarctica; The Southern Alps
and the bestselling New Zealand pictorial book, New Zealand -
"A good photo can sometimes be an arrow to the heart of things,
alluding to or eliciting an immediate encounter. It is the nature of
art and the way of nature to push us beyond the narrow realities we
often become trapped in, to new or forgotten realms of pleasure." Craig
Potton, Moment and Memory.