Nathan Wirth, who was born and raised in San Francisco, is a self-learned photographer that uses a variety of techniques— including long exposure and infrared— to express his unending wonder for the fundamental fact of existence by attempting to focus on the silence that we can sometimes perceive in between the incessant waves of sound that often dominate our perceptions of the world. Nathan earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English Literature from San Francisco State University and brings a deep appreciation of poetry to his explorations of place (especially the sea). Poets such as George Oppen, Gary SnyderSeamus Heaney, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Mary Oliver, Lorine Niedecker, and George Mackay Brown have played a fundamental role in shaping his attention to the things and places that he photographs. Often returning to the same locations many times, Nathan seeks to explore the silence and the sublimity of those places. In addition to poetry, Nathan is profoundly influenced by the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko, and Camille Pissarro and the photography of Michael Kenna, Edward Weston, and Wright Morris.

Recently, Nathan has been studying and integrating into his work Japanese traditions of Zen, rock gardens, and calligraphy– as well as the transience, impermanence, and imperfections of wabi-sabi. Nathan’s studies of calligraphy and Zen writings have led him to the practice of trying to achieve, while working on his photography, a mind of no-mind (mu-shin no shin), a mind not preoccupied with emotions and thought, one that can, as freely as possible, simply create.

Nathan also curates and edits, slices of silence, an online place to read and view conversations about photography.

Nathan, after living in San Francisco for the first 44 years of his life, moved to Marin County and currently makes his living teaching English Composition at City College of San Francisco.

Gallery Representation


  • 2017 — Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA. June 30-July 4, 2017 (13 images)
  • 2017 — Wanderlust Exhibition, Dickerman Prints, San Francisco, CA  June – 2017 (Group Exhibition- 1 image)
  • 2017 — B&W Minimalism Magazine Photography Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Creations, Isfahan, Iran – May 26, 2017 – June 20, 2017
  • 2017 — B&W Minimalism Magazine Photography Exhibition, Yadegaran Art Gallery, Kerman, Iran – February 17-24, 2017 (4 images)
  • 2016 — International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, San Diego, CA – November 10-13, 2016 (Exhibited with Matthieu Ricard)
  • 2015 — Stone Altars (book release and solo show), The Great Highway Gallery, San Francisco, CA  September 19, 2015 – October 17, 2015
  • 2015 — Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA, July 1-5, 2015 (6 images).
  • 2015 — Golden Camera Awards Exhibition. Kyiv Photography School, Kiev, Ukraine, March 31-April 30, 2015 (6 images)
  • 2015 — Golden Camera Awards Exhibition. National Museum of Taras Shevchenko, Kiev, Ukraine, March 27-29, 2015 (6 images)
  • 2014 — a slice of silence (solo show),  The Great Highway Gallery, San Francisco, CA  May 3, 2014 – July 4, 2014
  • 2014 — Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA, July 2-6, 2014 (4 images).
  • 2013 — Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA, July 3-7, 2013 (3 images).


  • 2017 — Wine Label for March Cellars, Walla Walla, WA (2015 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 2016 — Artist Series Wine Label for Kenwood Vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon)



  • 2017 — Black and White Spider Awards. Third Place (Nature Category); Third Place (Silhouettes Category); Nomination (Fine Art Category)
  • 2017 — International Photography Awards – Nature: Trees.  Third Place
  • 2017 — Marin County Fair.  Photographer of the Year; Best of Show Monochrome Print; Jack Fulton Award; One Honorable Mention
  • 2017 — Moscow International Foto Awards.  Third Place (Bronze) – Nature-Trees
  • 2017 — Dodho Magazine, Black and White Photographer of the Year 2017 – Awarded Merit of Honor
  • 2017 — International Color Awards. 3 Nominations – Nature Category, Abstract Category
  • 2016 — Tokyo International Foto Awards, Honorble Mention – Nature Category
  • 2016 — Black and White Spider Awards. Honorable Mention (Nature Category), Three Nominations (Nature Category, Fine Art Category)
  • 2016 — International Photography Awards. Two Honorable Mentions
  • 2016 — PX3. Honorable Mention
  • 2016 — International Color Awards. Nominee – Nature
  • 2016 — International Photography Awards – Family of Man.  Honorable Mention
  • 2015 — Black and White Spider Awards. Honorable Mention  – Nature
  • 2015 — Moscow International Foto Awards.  First Place – Nature-Trees; Three Honorable mentions in the Nature and Abstract Categories
  • 2015 — International Photography Awards.  Honorable Mentions – Fine Art-Landscape; Nature-Landscapes
  • 2015 — Siena International Photography Awards.  Finalist, Landscapes
  • 2015 — Marin County Fair.  All-Around Best Print of Show; First Place – Monochrome; First Place – Creative-Alternate; Special Landscape Award; Three Honorable Mentions
  • 2015 — PX3. Honorable Mention
  • 2015 — Golden Camera Awards. First Place – Landscape
  • 2014 — Stark Awards. Honorable Mention – Zen / Minimalism
  • 2014 — International Photography Awards.  Honorable Mentions – Fine Art-Landscape; Fine Art-Other, Nature-Landscapes
  • 2014 — Marin County Fair.  1st Place Ribbon, Special Category, State Parks; Honorable Mention, Creative
  • 2014 — PX3. Honorable Mention, Collage
  • 2013 — International Photography Awards.  Honorable Mention – Deeper Perspective
  • 2013 — Marin County Fair.  2nd Place Ribbon, Monochrome, Honorable Mention, Monochrome
  • 2012 — International Photography Awards.  Honorable Mentions – Fine Art, Portrait & Fine Art, Landscape


Online Interviews

Online Galleries

Social Networking

Camera Equipment Used

  • Nathan uses a few different cameras (one of those cameras is converted for reading infrared light).
  • Nathan attaches lenses to those cameras.
  • Nathan uses ND and Graduated ND filters with those lenses.
  • Nathan uses a cheaply made, but very effective, time release shutter thingy.
  • Nathan uses a bag to carry these things around.
  • Nathan uses a tripod.
  • Nathan processes his images with software.
  • Nathan prints his own prints with a printer that he owns.
  • Nathan, because he loves it so much, will state that he uses Hahnemuhle papers for his prints.