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Background

Thomas Carr is an archaeologist, anthropologist, and photographer living in Denver, Colorado. He received his BA in 1992 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and his MA in 1996 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He works with digital cameras as well as 35mm, 6x6-cm, and 4x5-inch format film cameras, and makes both traditional silver-emulsion darkroom prints and archival inkjet prints. His artistic influences include photographers Eugene Atget, Clarence John Laughlin, Paul, Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, Paul Caponigro, Fay Godwin, and Francesca Woodman; as well as filmmakers Ingmar Bergman, Werner Herzog, Akira kurosawa, and Andrei Tarkovsky, His work has been shown in numerous juried, group, and solo exhibitions over the last 40 years. He has also lectured extensively on the history of photography, archaeology, visual ethnography, and historic preservation. In characterizing his own work, he states that “as a young photographer in the 1980s, I found myself drawn towards making images of places with subtle indications of a past human presence. This led to my pursuit of a career in archaeology, which has allowed me to visit many significant historic sites and associated landscapes. Having been trained in photography, I endeavor to document the essence of these places in visual terms. This subtle sense of presence is what I seek in my photography.”

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 - Traces of Home, 40 West Gallery, Lakewood, CO

2018 - Solitude, Darkness, Light - Solaris Film Festival, Nice, France

2017 - Conflict on the Plains, Ute Indian Museum, Montrose, CO

2017 - Solitude, Darnkness, Light - NYTTY film screening, Seattle, WA

2016 - Tree & Leaf, Denver International Airport, Concourse A, Denver, CO

2015 – Thomas Carr - Expeditions, Western History Art Gallery, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO
2009 - Conflict on the Plains, Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, Littleton, CO.
2008 - Light, Shadow, and Time, Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO
2006 - Pueblos of the Ancestral North, Museum of Anthropology, University of Denver,Denver, CO
2005 - Farmers, Saints, and Tyrants, Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO
2004 to 2006 - Presence within Abandonment, Photography, Archaeology, and Western Historic Sites, Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO; Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM, and BLM Anasazi Heritage Center, Dolores, CO.
2004 and 2005 - A Forgotten Place: the history of an abandoned farming community (film screenings), 5e Festival International du Film Archeologique, Brussels, Belgium, and the Archaeology Channel, International Film Festival, Eugene, Oregon, 

1995 - Chaco and Bluff, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
1995 - Restless Spirits, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
1984 - Winter Scenes from McAlpine Greenway Park, Queens College, Charlotte, NC

SELECTED GROUP AND JURIED EXHIBITIONS 

2018 - LIES - Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO

2017 - Enlightened - National YoungArts Foundation, Miami, FL

2017 - The Big Picture (public art project), various locations including Redline, Denver, CO

2015 - What Never Was...Is, Hinterland Gallery, Denver, CO

2015 - Member's Exhibition (honorable mention), Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO

2014 – One by One (juried show), Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO
2013 – Member’s Exhibition (juried show), Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Lakewood, CO
2011 – Merge (juried show), Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Lakewood, CO
2011 – Inanimate (juried show), FLASH Gallery, Lakewood, CO
2011 – Down the Rabbit Hole (juried show), Hinterland Gallery, Denver, CO
2011 – Extra-Ordinary (open show), FLASH Gallery, Lakewood, CO
2010 - Black and White Photography: Traditional & Contemporary, (group show), Arvada Center, CO
2010 – Sense of Place (juried show), FLASH Gallery, Lakewood, CO
2009 – Spirit of the West (group show), Open Shutter Gallery, Denver, CO.
2008 – Current Photography on the Front Range, Sliding Door Gallery, Denver, CO
2008 – Debating Heritage, Museum of Anthropology, University of Denver, Denver, CO
2008 – In and Out of Focus (juried show), Republic Plaza, Denver, CO
2008 – Mindful (juried show), FLASH Gallery, Lakewood, CO.
2007 – Spirit of the West (group show), Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO
2007 – Wee (open show), FLASH Gallery, Lakewood, CO
2007 - Ten “Local” Artists Interpret Genocide (group show), Mizel Museum, Denver, CO
2006 – Mask (juried show), FLASH Gallery, Lakewood, CO.
2006 - Our Land (juried show), FLASH Gallery, Lakewood, CO
2005 – Minimalism (juried exhibit), FLASH Gallery, Lakewood, CO.
2005 - The Honest Landscape (juried show), FLASH Gallery, Lakewood, CO
2005 - Industrial Strength (juried show), Fifth St. Gallery, Pueblo, CO
2005 - Mirrors and Windows (group show), Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO
1989, 1991, and 1992 - Southern Visions (juried shows), Museum of York County, SC
1987 - Manmade Environments and Altered Spaces (group show) Republic Bank, Charlotte, NC
1985 and 1988 - National Aperture (juried shows), Associated Artists, Winston Salem, NC
1980 to 2007 – The Light Factory Members Show (open shows), Charlotte, NC

1979 to 1982 - Scholastic Arts, Charlotte, NC (Gold Key and Kodak Medallion)