About Craig Blacklock


Fine art landscape photographer specializing in interface of water and land.


Learned about nature, art and photography from his father, Les Blacklock

Art major at UMD,1972-1974


Made living as a fine art landscape photographer since 1976.

Own Blacklock Photography Galleries in Moose Lake, MN and co-own Waters of Superior in Duluth’s Canal Park

BOOKS: 18 total, most relevant ones listed below:

“ST. CROIX & NAMEKAGON RIVERS — The Enduring Gift” 2018

“Apostle Islands — From Land and Sea” 2012

“Pictured Rocks — From Land and Sea” 2012

“Slot Canyons of Page Arizona, April 2011

“Minnesota’s North Shore” (with accompanying 3 hour movie), 2007

“A Voice Within — The Lake Superior Nudes”, 2004

“Horizons”, 2002

“The Duluth Portfolio”, 1995

“Gooseberry”, 1994

“The Lake Superior Images”, 1993

“Border Country, The Quetico-Superior Wilderness”, 1988; re-issued in 1999

“Minnesota Wild”, 1983

“Our Minnesota”, 1982, revised edition 1992

EXHIBITIONS: (One or two person shows unless noted otherwise.)

Park Center, Hayward, WI, 2019

White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake, MN 2019

Watershed Gallery, National Eagle Center, Wabasha, MN 2019

Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, MN, 2019

Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, MN, 2018

Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater, MN, 2018

Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI, 2018

CHARAC Art Center, Cable, WI, 2018

Sherman and Ruth Weiss Library, Hayward, WI, 2018

Mill City Museum (Minnesota Historical Society), Minneapolis, MN 2018

St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Visitor Center, St. Croix Falls, WI 2018

Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center, Ashland, WI, 2015-2016

Gallery 13, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2015

Crary Art Gallery, Pennsylvania; Wilderness at 50  One of 11 photographers  Celebrating 50 years since Wilderness Act.  2014

Merill Lynch Fine Art Gallery, within Great Lakes Aquarium, 2013

Art Center of St. Peter, Minnesota, 2012

Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, Minnesota, 2012

Merrill Lynch Fine Art Gallery, within Great Lakes Aquarium, 2012

Ridgewater College, Willmar, Minnesota, 2008

Gallery 13, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2006 (group show of nudes)

Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2004

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2004

Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Minnesota, 2004

Pine Tree Gallery, Ironwood, Michigan, 2002

Waters of Superior/Blacklock Photography Galleries, Minnesota 2002 (ongoing)

Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery, Grand Marais, Minnesota 2001

Sivertson Gallery, Duluth, Minnesota, 2000

Flanders Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota (group exhibition) 1999

Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, Minnesota, 1995

Lee Hall Gallery, Marquette, Michigan, 1994

Pine Tree Gallery, Ironwood, Michigan 1993

Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Minnesota 1993

Art Resources Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota  1993

Polaroid Corporate Headquarters, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1992

Photographic Images Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 1991

Imprimatur Gallery, Minneapolis, (1984?)


Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, MN

Pine Heath Care, Sandstone, MN

Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, MN.

Canal Park Lodge, Duluth, MN


2020 Black and White Spider Awards, Honorable Mention: “Wildlife”, “Nature”(2) Plus Nomination of 7 others

2019, Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Gold “Photography”

2019, 28th Annual Midwest Book Awards winner: “Arts/Photography/Coffee Table”

2019, 28th Annual Midwest Book Awards winner: “Nature”

2019, 28th Annual Midwest Book Awards winner:”Total Book Design”

2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY): Gold “Cover Design – Non-fiction Oversize”

2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY): Gold “Coffee Table Book”

2019 Pub West Design Awards: Gold “Special Edition”

2019 Pub West Design Awards: Silver “Photography”

31st Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards nomination

12th Annual International Color Awards, 7 nominations: Nature, Nudes, Wildlife, 2019

13th Annual Spider Awards, 2 nominations: Nature, Wildlife, 2019

George Morrison Artist Award (from Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, MN), 2018

International Color Awards, 2 honorable mentions and one nomination,  2018

International Color Awards, nomination 2017

Fine Art Photo Awards, nomination, Professional Nudes 2016

International Color Awards, nomination 2016

International Photographer of the Year, 2nd Place, Professional Nudes 2015

Black and White Spider Awards, 5 nominations, 2015

International Photography Awards, several, including 2nd place in Books, Nature,  2012

International Book Awards, Finalist Awards for 2 books, 2012

Midwest Independent Publishers, Best Illustrated book, 2007

Midwest Independent Publishers, Best coffee table/art book, 2005

Independent Publishers, Best Photography Book, 2005 (from 1327 publishers worldwide)

Black and White Single Image contest, Bronze Award, Nudes, 2005

National Freedom Award, Nature/Art, 1999

Midwest Independent Publishers, Best Hardcover Book Award, 1996

Mid-America Publishers Association, Best Photographic Book Award, 1996

Benjamin Franklin Award, 1996

Lake Superior Magazine Achievement Award, 1994

Minnesota Book Award, Illustrated Book 1994

Midwest Book Achievement Awards (3 including best hardcover), 1994


Presented many photography workshops and lectures around the country since 1982. Programs include Fotofusion; Palm Beach Photographic Workshops; the Split Rock Arts Program and the Complete Scholar, of the University of Minnesota; Madeline Island School of the Arts; Minnesota Center for Photography, Dynamic Nudes on Lake Powell, and Vision Quest. Provided keynote speeches for numerous groups including several large camera club symposiums including Twin City Area Camera Clubs.


ST. CROIX & NAMEKAGON RIVERS – The Enduring Gift, 2019 (An edited version has been broadcast on Twin Cities Public Television several times.

Minnesota’s North Shore, 2007 (An edited version has been broadcast over several public television stations, and repeatedly on Twin Cities Public Television.


American Photo, Audubon, Backpacker, Canoe, Newsweek, Fine Art Photo (Germany), Focus, Outdoor Photographer, Lake Superior, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, National Wildlife, Reader’s Digest, Shutterbug, Sierra Club, Smithsonian, and View Camera.