Rick Bury has been photographing ancient and sacred landscapes for over 30 years. His archival photographs explore the intimate connections between icons of a distant past and their timeless natural settings. The heart of his work focuses on the extraordinary legacy of powerful rock paintings created by the ancestors of the Chumash Indians of California. His photography of enduring cultural traces on the landscape has also taken him to remote locations in Africa, Australia, Asia, Mexico, Canada, Europe, South America, as well as the Western United States.
Rick’s photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout California and the Southwest. In 1996 he was the first recipient of the American Rock Art Research Association's Oliver Award for rock art photography.
Rick studied Archaeology and Art at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and graduated with a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Hawaii. In addition to fine art photography, Rick works as a consultant in cultural resources management, specializing in conservation of rock art sites on public and military lands in California and the Southwest.