ADAM SCHALLAU is an American landscape photographer best known for his photographs of the American West. He expresses his passion for the American landscape through his photography, striving to reveal intimate details and awe inspiring vistas while working in the margins of light as the landscape comes to life in an explosion of color.
He was born in 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but he was raised in Iowa until the age of 15 when his family moved to the Hill Country of Texas. As a child Adam often went on summer trips, sometimes with his paternal grandmother and an aunt, and at other times with his maternal grandfather. These trips offered him an opportunity to experience the wide open spaces, towering mountain ranges, and deep canyons of the American West. Together they camped and explored the American Landscape including the National Parks.
It was during his teenage years in Iowa that he began to explore the world of art preferring at the time to work in oils on canvas, and creating pottery on the wheel. It wasn’t until he was 18 and moved to a high-altitude field research station in near Crested Butte, Colorado that he began to dabble in photography. With a strong back and good knees, he served as a “sherpa” to another photographer often carrying large-format photography equipment high into the Colorado Mountains.
Adam’s photographs have been used by many companies and organizations, including Apple, CNN, New Mexico Land Conservancy, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Our Texas Wild, National Audubon Society, Western Landowners Alliance, Grand Canyon Association, and the National Park Service. His work has appeared on the covers of magazines, calendars, music CDs, and in numerous publications, including Arizona Highways, Sunset Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, and Men’s Journal.
His work has been highly-recognized by Nature’s Best Photography – the Windland Smith Rice Awards, and he has received top-honors in the New Mexico Magazine and Arizona Highways photo contests. He is a recipient of the Luminous Landscape Endowment, and he was the Winter 2009 Artist-in-Residence at Grand Canyon National Park. His fine art prints are in personal and corporate collections across the world, and they have been exhibited in numerous galleries, museums, and National Parks.
In July 2014 Adam released his first book titled Chasing the Light – Grand Canyon. Containing 190 photographs on its 192 pages, this book represents the photography he has created at the Grand Canyon since May 2008.
His work has been used in support of environmental and conservation awareness issues including the protection of the Valle Vidal in New Mexico. He also volunteers his time, knowledge, and enthusiasm to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as the Parks in Focus program whose mission is to provide opportunities for middle school youth from under-served communities to explore and learn about nature through photography, outdoor education, and creative expression.
Adam owns and operates a photography workshop business guiding photo workshops and tours at Grand Canyon National Park for photographers of all levels. He lives in a cabin in the ponderosa pine forest of northern Arizona near the mountain town of Flagstaff, with his wife Sally, and their dog Ouray.