Chuck Kirchner

Chuck Kirchner is a photographer and workshop leader based in Tucson, Arizona after many years in the Puget Sound region. His subjects include rituals, dance, spirituality, and world cultures. The range of photographs represents the spirit of the places Chuck has had the privilege of visiting over the years and the people met along the way. The challenge for the photographer is to convey the emotional sense of being there – from serene and solemn to sensual and exuberant. Chuck’s photographs have the ability to capture the season, the sensations, the memories and, most importantly, the spirit of place and of life. The tools of the trade involve technical acumen, artistic vision, patience, good timing, and, of course, a bit (or lot) of serendipity.

Prior to his recent move to Arizona, Chuck lived on Bainbridge Island, Washington. His photographs have been displayed in numerous venues in the Pacific Northwest, including the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and have been published in Popular Photography and the Alaska/Horizon Airlines magazines. He leads photography workshops, as well as one-on-one mentoring sessions, on a variety of topics focused on photo composition and creativity, often with a spiritual component. He has led two previous workshops through Grunewald Guild: “Thin Places and Photographic Creativity” and “Light and light: The Spiritual Practice of Photography.” He has also taught these workshops at Ghost Ranch outside of Abiquiu, New Mexico. Chuck is the author of several books, including “Thin Places and Photographic Creativity,” available through