My photographic training began at age 8 when I received my first 35mm single-lens reflex camera as a beloved Christmas gift. It was an Olympus OM-1 and nothing on the camera was Auto. Manual was the only mode upon which it functioned. I will be forever grateful for this fact, as it forced me to learn every aspect of the photographic medium.
As I immersed myself in the world and art of photography I noticed immediately that I was attracted to landscapes: out of any photographic subject matter I could choose — even from the very beginning — I knew instinctively that I was going to make landscape photography the foundation of my life’s creative work.
I am the first grant recipient in the area of photographic fine art from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York City (see below).
Prior to becoming a professional landscape photographer, I received a B.A. in political science from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Arts from Virginia Tech, also in political science.
BRIGGS RECEIVES POLLOCK-KRASNER GRANT
NEW YORK, NY, May 5, 2015 - Kevin Briggs, Alaska-based landscape fine art photographer, announced today that he is one of the first artists to receive a grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation in the newly established category of fine art still photography. He plans on using the grant to purchase equipment and have work framed for his upcoming shows.
"I am profoundly grateful to be chosen by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation to receive this award. It is thrilling to have one's work recognized by this internationally prestigious foundation."
Kevin Briggs lives in Soldotna, Alaska and primarily creates his photographic fine art throughout Alaska's incredibly vast and beautiful wilderness. Briggs' lifelong interest in photography has expanded from pure landscape imagery to his more recent in-depth exploration of abstract photography. As Briggs explains, "The goal of my fine art photography is principally to capture texture which is an often neglected component within much of both landscape and abstract photography. I want the viewer to be able to feel the subject of the photograph itself."
With the foundation grant, Briggs will be able to focus on pushing his work forward to a new level. Established in 1985 by Lee Krasner, one of the leading abstract expressionist painters and the widow of Jackson Pollock, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation gives grants to professional painters, sculptors, and printmakers. Yet, aside from a pilot project some fifteen years ago, this the first time that the foundation has awarded grants to photographers. According to its mission statement, the foundation supports, "…those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time." For more information and to view the grantee image collection, visit the website www.pkf.org.
As Kerrie Buitrago, Executive Vice-President of the foundation said, "Kevin Briggs exemplifies what The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has been striving to achieve over the past thirty years - to help artists to be artists by giving them the support they need and deserve."
My work has been featured in Professional Artist magazine...
…as well as Last Frontier magazine, among others.