Bart Norton | Fine Art Photographer

Bart became excited about photography at a fateful meeting with a friend, Tom Parker.  Tom knew of Bart’s interest in photography but asked if he had ever seen truly great images.  When Bart hesitated, Tom produced box after box of images from the greats: Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Morley Baer and others.

The die had been cast.  Bart returned home and began a 40-year quest to produce great images.  He acquired a World War II Army camera, a Standard Universal 8×10-inch View Camera from the early 1900’s, and began a painstaking restoration by removing the gray paint, replacing the bellows and exposing the cherry wood and beautiful brass fittings.

He was able to make enough good images to gain acceptance to the Ansel Adams Yosemite Workshop in 1974.  Bart has been traveling, studying and photographing ever since with such teachers as Henry Gilpin, John Sexton, Bruce Barnbaum, Jay Dusard, Ben Silverman, Norman Mauskoph, Bobbi Lane, Jim Nilsen, Jack Lien, and others.

Chased from the darkroom in the 1990’s by a serious reaction to photographic chemicals, Bart began migrating to digital for image capture and for editing his scanned large format images in Photoshop and Lightroom.

Bart currently employs a Sony A7r for digital capture and a Brooks VeriWide 6×9 cm and a Mamiya RB-67 6×7 cm for roll film capture.  With newer photo chemistries that are gentler on the hands, Bart hopes to begin processing large-format sheet film again.

Ansel & Bart

Bart is a technologist working in digital diagnostic medicine, factory automation and robotics and nanotechnology.  His most recent work has been to help to introduce a liquid storage technology for hydrogen.  He is a singer in a 120-voice choir.  His wife of 48 years, Evette, is a painter in watercolors and oils.  They live on the Eastside of Seattle, Washington.




Ansel Adams and Bart Norton