Carlan Tapp is a photographer and educator dedicated to documenting the social and environmental issues that define our times. Educated in photography at Art Center College of Design, Carlan also had the extraordinary opportunity to assist Ansel Adams at the Yosemite Workshops for three years.
A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are the signatures of Carlan’s work. His photographs have been used in numerous publications including Harley-Davidson's HOG® Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, Associated Press, MSNBC, and NPR’s Living on Earth. His project work was nominated for the National Geographic All Roads Projects. Commercial clients he has enjoyed working with include Apple Computer, Harley-Davidson, Costco, IBM, Jack-in-the Box, Harry & David, Driscolls Berries, American Egg Board, Beef Industry Council, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Continental Mills - Krusteaz, Roman Meal, National Park Service and the Wheat Industry Council. Carlan's studio was one of the first to embrace digital photography. This led to a unique opportunity to beta test Apple's first laptop computers and photography software.
His photo essays are syndicated nationally and internationally by Redux Pictures in New York.
In 2003 Carlan and his wife Nancy founded a non-profit 501(c3) Question or Power. The Foundation seeks to create awareness and to educate the public regarding environmental and health issues resulting from the energy industrialization of Native American homelands and sacred places. Question of Power creates visual and audio resources to improve the health and sustainability of Native communities.
Carlan has taught workshops nationally and internationally, including Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Maine Media Workshops, Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts, Smithsonian Journeys, and National Geographic Expeditions. He is adjunct facility at Seattle Central Community College and Santa Fe Community College. His photographs are in public and private collections nationally as well as Australia, China, France and Spain.