Now living in Maryland, but born in New York, renowned photographer Jan W. Faul has traveled across the United States to portray vibrant landscapes and distinctly American creations on our land. He has traced the footsteps of his great-great-grandfather who both attended Yale and fought in the Civil War. Mr. Faul has spent 40 years portraying historic sites and the hand of man on the land in hundreds of locales spread across the US and Europe.

Mr. Faul has been awarded grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, James Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he is a member of the ASMP Hall of Fame. His work is in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at UMBC, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Hirschhorn Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and approximately 30 others.

His work is in more than 200 corporate and private collections.


  • 2012 Delaplaine Collection Purchase
  • 2012 Epson Pano Awards Bronze Medals
  • 2011 Epson Pano Awards Bronze Medals
  • 1995-6 Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
  • 1994 Wisconsin Humanities Council
  • 1985 ASMP Hall of Fame
  • 1976 Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife
  • 1974 Upjohn Institute for American Labor Studies
  • 1972 Art Directors Club of Metro Wash DC
  • 1970 US Information Agency

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2012 - Legacies of Battle, Gettysburg, PA
  • 2003 - Tredegar Iron Works, Richmond
  • 2002 - Sol Mednick Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia
  • 2001 - Gettysburg, Washington Post
  • 2001- Masters of Photography, Wash DC
  • 1996 - Kentlands Mansion Gallery, MD
  • 1993 - Kristin Johnson Gallery, Wash DC
  • 1992 - Arnold & Porter, Wash, DC
  • 1992 - Wohlfarth Galleries, Wash, DC
  • 1976 - Montgomery AL Museum of Fine Arts
  • 1974 - Photo Impressions Gallery, Wash DC


  • Ecole d’Humanité
  • George Washington University
  • International Center for Photography: portraits with Arnold Newman
  • Nikon Flying Short Courses (4) 1971-1974
  • Smithsonian Associates:Victor Skrebnesky
  • Fotofest 5
  • Fotofest 6
  • Maine Photographic Workshops

Film & Book

  • Bob Dylan: No Direction Home - Martin Scorsese
  • Fields of Honor, Edwin Bearss, 2006 - divider & cover images


Artist’s Statement

We begin looking at the world at a very early age, as childhood is where the curiosity begins. Getting a camera at age 14 allows us to practice with the many constraints of making a photograph. “Award-winning” is a superlative, as almost anybody lifting a camera to their eye professionally has won an award somewhere. Nobody wakes up knowing that in their waking hours they may make one of the most beautiful or meaningful images a human has ever seen. It is this unknown which drives me to make my images.

To become a great artist/photographer is an unbelievably difficult journey. Many make the attempt but startlingly few reach their goals. We see the world with all our perceptive powers and yet can only guess at the barest of details. It has been said that photographers see everything, but it has also been said that practice makes perfect. Becoming an all-seeing photographer is the result of hours, days, months, and years of practice.

Seeing the invisible is possible. I work with invisible forces and recording them on film is a matter of circumstance and vision. I am referring to time, wind, sound, the action of water on stone, and seismic events. Seeing human endeavors from the beginning of history are of equal importance, because like us, they are temporary.

I only shoot film as it provides me with my most familiar tool.

Jan W. Faul, January 2013


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