Warren Marr has a worldwide reputation as a master interpreter of eloquently expressive images.
He is the author of Descanso: An Urban Oasis Revealed, a year long panoramic study of a botanical garden which won the USA Book News 2007 Best Nature Book award and third prize in the 2007 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris Book Category.
Published in numerous books and periodicals, his images have also been seen in advertisements, brochures, and billboards for companies that include General Motors, National Geographic, and Delta Airlines. He has photographed more than 65 golf courses, most of them in Southeast Asia, and in 2006 he was the subject of an LA Times feature article and a KCET television feature.
His esthetic and technical mastery of panoramas allow an exploration of the edges of reality, presenting images unique to his own point of view.
Monterey, CA 1945
University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI BA, 1968
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, 1972-73
In his over 50 year Photographic career, his personal work has been represented by many galleries at various times.
During the 1990s they included:
Vision Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Photography West Gallery, Carmel, CA
Turner Krull Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite National Park, CA
Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
In Santa Fe, he was represented by Wiford Gallery in the early to mid 2000s.
Currently, Warren Maintains a studio and gallery at his home in Santa Fe, NM.
Harry’s Roadhouse, Santa Fe, NM 2018 (Solo)
Santa Fe Studio Tour, Santa Fe, NM, 2018
Santa Fe Studio Tour, Santa Fe, NM, 2017
Santa Fe Studio Tour, Santa Fe, NM, 2016
EditionOne Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 2016
Sturt Haaga Gallery, Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 2014
Photo LA, Los Angeles, CA 2014
Wiford Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2004, 2005, 2006
Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA 2003 (Solo)
Wiford & Vogt Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2002, 2003
Mono Lake Committee Gallery, Lee Vining, CA 1999 (Solo)
Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite National Park, CA 1998
National Audubon Society, Playa Del Rey, CA 1992 (Solo)
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher, Newport Beach, CA
Trust Company of The West, Los Angeles, CA & New York, NY
Union Bank of California
LA Cardiology, Los Angeles, CA & Palmdale, CA
Descanso Gardens Guild
Photo Expo, New York, NY 1998
Golf Asia Conference, Singapore, 1997
Camera Arts Magazine, October/November 2004, “Finding The Spirit of the Scene”.
Golf Vacations Magazine, Singapore, Spring 1995 to July/December 1998
LA Times, Home Section, May 10, 2007, ”Descanso, seen in a singular light”.
Featured on KCET Television, 2007
Descanso, An Urban Oasis Revealed
Collection of 54 large format panoramic images taken as an intensive study of Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge, CA (a Los Angeles suburb) throughout 2003. Hardcover & softcover. Out of Print but sometimes available online .
Anne M. Lyden, Former Associate Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, comparing the work to Gustave Le Gray’s photographs of the forest at Fontainebleau outside Paris in 1849: “in looking at Marr’s prints one is instantly struck by the dominant role that light plays in his pictures, whose & content is very often all about light and it’s defining force.”
David R. Brown, Former Executive Director of Descanso Gardens (2006-2017), and former President of Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA (1985-1999), describes the images as “very much works of art. In their conceptual rigor, composition, timing, and almost hallucinatory detail they reward us on second and third sight with a realization that dawns like the light in many of the pictures: this (the photograph) is not the real garden. It is a construct, just as the garden is. This is an artist’s-eye view of Descanso, not a documentarian’s view. Although subject, place, and photographer are undeniably real, these are imaginary landscapes-his; ours; it’s not always clear.” And, “so luminous was the light that flooded them (the images), so moody and eloquent were they in composition, so of a piece emotionally.”
Tufa & Moon, Mono Lake
This classic image from 1989 of a now mostly vanished scene showing a close up of tufa formations with the moon rising in the background over the water. Printed in 1999 by Gardner Lithograph on beautiful coated paper stock. 19 3/8" X 35 7/8". Signed, includes tax (in CA), shipping and handling.