My Story

In January of 1972, at the age of seventeen, I decided to pursue a life in photography. I also decided to stop eating meat (although there was no direct correspondence between the two). Forty-five years later I’m still on track with both decisions. Not eating meat was easy. My wholehearted pursuit of a historically rich, slightly askew, mechanically generated, literary and visual practice has influenced my every move since. Camping solo at 9000 ft. on Mt. Rainier with my Speed Graphic; photographing suburban Levittown, NY, on a National Endowment for the Arts survey grant; years living and walking the high desert in Mexico or, thirty years later, the coastal desert in Peru. As I experience it, life is the enactment of the pursuit of meaning. Every minute, every instance, every glimpse, every thought, and every breath counts. Henry James said it best: ”In the arts, feeling is always meaning.

Eric Baden


  • B.A. in American Studies, State University of New York at Buffalo, American Studies
  • Director, Traveling Exhibitions Program, Apeiron Workshops, Millerton, NY
  • M.F.A. in Studio Art- Photography, East Tennessee State University

Research Interests

  • Modern and contemporary art and photography
  • Landscape photography, The works of Luigi Ghirri and Frederick Sommer
  • Visual studies, photobooks

Courses Taught

  • Art 1090: Photography I
  • Art 2190: Language of Photography
  • Art 3090: Photo Studio

Crews and Other Activities

  • Project director: photo+craft 2016, photo+sphere 2018

Contact Eric Baden

(828) 771-3087
Holden 108
WWC CPO 6194

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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