- EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
- EXPEDITION PHOTOGRAPHER
- CONCEPTUAL ARTIST
Cira Crowell (M.A. SCAD) is a photographer and artist whose work spans conceptual, adventure, landscape, cultural, documentary and humanitarian themes. Her passion for black and white photography began thirty years ago with her grandfather’s Leicaflex SL2 film camera and darkroom work. She still uses many of the same forty-year-old lenses in her current digital workflow.
Cira travels the world capturing evocative incidents of life and light to share in books, shows, talks and online. Her journeys include Nepal, Bhutan, India, Japan, Germany, and Iceland. Her adventures include over 1,000 miles on foot in the Himalayas, as well as summiting Mt. Rainier, Mt. Fuji, and Cholatse, a technical, 21,130ft/6,446m peak in the Everest region of Nepal. When not abroad, she teaches close to home at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
As a response to the need for social-impact-oriented storytelling, Cira founded InLightWorks Productions, a multi-media company shining the light of inspiration through arts+adventure+awareness. One of the first major projects of InLightWorks is “Dream Mountain,” a documentary film about the inspiring mother and elite mountaineer, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita. Dream Mountain won the distinction of “Best Mountain Film” at the 2020 London Mountain Film Festival, has been an official selection of six top tier International Alliance for Mountain Film festivals (Krakow, Trento, New Zealand, Graz, Autrans and Kathmandu) and the honor of Banff Mountainfilm Festival World Tour 2021/2022.
Exhibitions combining Cira’s photography, new media drawings, and projected animations include “Luminous Everest” for Mountainfilm Savannah on Tour, “InLight” at Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica and “Envisioning Ecstasy” at Tibet House: US, New York and “Broad Strokes” at Leica Gallery LA. Her books, Beautiful Resilience: The Enduring Spirit of Upper Gorkha Nepal, Envisioning Ecstasy, and 108 Visions: Ladakh During the Kalachakra have been used to raise awareness, supporting a number of humanitarian projects including Nomads Clinic and Tibet House US and Little Suns.
Cira lives and creates in Los Angeles, Santa Fe and beyond.
Above photograph in Ladakh, India by Christopher P. Michel