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Born in 1973 in the United States, Dr. Brett L. Erickson is a visual philosopher whose photographs are focused on the tension between Eastern and Western concepts of being in the natural world: Zen in opposition with the transcendental, existential, and phenomenological. This is made visible and critiqued through mythography, or fluid and transformational physical spaces which reflect human influence. His images have won acclaim internationally, and his work has shown in locations such as London, Belfast, Santa Fe, New York City and Berlin; his photographs are held in public and private collections in North America, Europe and Asia.

Dr. Erickson is one of a select few photographers from across the globe featured as a Nobechi Creative Master, alongside preeminent artists such as Sam Abell, Jane Fulton Alt, Greg Gorman, Amy Toensing, Arthur Meyerson, Mona Kuhn, Jane Evelyn Atwood, George Nobechi, Ibarionex Parello, Aline Smithson, Yolanda Andrade, Michael Clark, Arno Rafael Minkennen, Kate Breakey, Keith Carter, Nevada Weir, Gerd Ludwig, Peter Turnley, Rania Matar, Jamey Stillings and Pete Souza.

A deeply committed educator, Dr. Erickson teaches both online and in-person workshops exclusively for Nobechi Creative. Prior to Nobechi, he was a member of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops faculty. He is sponsored by Hahnemühle, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious art paper companies, and he is a member of the Society for Photographic Education.

Dr. Erickson previously served as Morton and Ella Steinhart Professor of Visual Arts at Hastings College. During nearly two decades there, he founded both the Hastings—Canon Explorers of Light guest speaker series partnership and the Gray Digital Imaging Laboratory, and he served as both chair of the Hastings College Lecture Series and interim director of the Center for Applied Media Arts. The Hastings College Student Alumni Association presented him with its award for exemplary teaching in 2005, and in 2015 he was honored with the Hastings College Art Alumni Exhibition. In 2017 he was selected as the Fall Artist Lecture Series Invited Faculty Lecturer, Hastings’ highest faculty honor.