A still from the Sigma Global movie 'Made in Aizu'

which is available to view here

Artist | Photographer | Writer | Teacher


Introduced to photography at a young age, Karl soon evolved his own distinctive style, the "visual mantra", which is underpinned by Japanese influences and focuses on composition and the importance of negative space. Karl applies this approach to the fields of landscape, fine art, documentary and travel photography, creating a cohesive look and feel across diverse subject matter. With a degree in conservation, Karl has a particular interest in the natural world and finds it is often the ecological detail that intrigues and that is equally important as the stunning vistas in evoking emotion and capturing the mood of a location. Delving deeper into the natural and in some cases spiritual, it is the energy of locations which holds the most intrigue.

Karl is an ambassador for Benro UK, a LEE Filters Master Photographer and has worked with many other leading photographic manufacturers.

Photographic career:-



  •  Visiting Professor at Musashino Art University, Tokyo


  •  'Where Ravens Soar' - featured in Black + White Photography magazine; issue 244

  • LEE Filters Master Photographer

  • Featured photographer for the SIGMA Global lens catalogue


  • Featured photographer for the SIGMA Global lens catalogue





  • Featured in Black + White Photography Magazine

  • Exhibited in Beijing for Sigma SEIN Expo

  • Moorsview exhibition at the Joe Cornish Galleries

  • SIGMA UK Ambassador 2017-2020

  • Spoke at the Photography Show - Behind the Lens stage



  • Phase One, Capture One Ambassador

  • Induro Tripods Ambassador

  • Featured LEE Filters Exposure magazine



  • Shortlisted for Black + White Photographer of the year

  • Moorsview exhibition at the Joe Cornish Galleries














© 2015 by Karl Holtby