Mike Buchheit is a landscape photographer, veteran travel writer, and outdoor educator. His unique images of Grand Canyon and the American Southwest enjoy popularity worldwide. Mike’s work was juried into the prestigious exhibit ‘Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography’, which is currently touring the country as part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Series.
Raised beside the Mississippi River in his native Iowa, Mike relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona, in the late 80s. His passion for the Grand Canyon backcountry was forged as a counterbalance to the hectic pace of corporate life in the Valley of the Sun. Mike relocated to Grand Canyon National Park in 1994 where he is now director of the Grand Canyon Field Institute, a leading outdoor education program, where he also teaches landscape photography.
Though his interests are many, it is in his capacity as a photographer that Mike has found the greatest artistic freedom in conveying his connection to Grand Canyon. The images in his portfolio reflect an intimacy with the world’s most famous chasm that only a full-time resident, two-thousand-mile backpacker, and frequent river runner could enjoy. Mike’s hope is that his photographs will inspire in others a deeper appreciation for the majestic Grand Canyon, and foster a sense of stewardship for public lands everywhere.