Dean M. Chriss

About Us

Dean and Lee in Yellowstone, © Susanna RolandWe offer Dean's landscape, nature, and wildlife photographs as fine art prints of exceptional quality in addition to making them available for publication and other uses. The business is owned and operated by Dean along with his wife, business manager, and aspiring photographer, Lee Chuah. It is a consequence of their passion and enthusiasm for the natural world combined with a desire to share and learn about that world through the medium of photography.

Dean's Biography

Photo of Dean M. ChrissDean’s relationship with nature began as a child, long before he picked up a camera. In the early 1970s he developed an interest in nature photography that grew stronger with time. A long term commitment to landscape photography developed when he first traveled to the deserts of the Southwestern United States in the early 1980s. In the 1990s Dean's interests grew to include the photography of wildlife inhabiting the places he had come to know and love.

Dean has printed all of his own work since 1997. This allows him to maintain a consistent visual interpretation from the first eyewitness view in the field all the way to the finished print. Some of the most advanced tools, materials, and processes available are used to create these fine art archival prints, and countless hours are spent perfecting them.

Dean's work was first published in the United States in 1986. His images have since been published in more than twenty-five countries distributed across Europe, North America, and South Asia.

Photographer's Statement

My relationship with the natural world is among my greatest treasures. I learned photography in an attempt to share my view of that world, and photography has in turn helped me to see my subjects in a much more intimate way. Respect and concern for my subjects drives my photography, and I believe that personal involvement with one’s subjects is a prerequisite for the creation of any compelling image.

Photographic images realize their maximum potential in printed form. Everything from the techniques used to optimize an image to the paper the image is printed on has an influence on the result. Fine art printmaking is the ultimate expression of my work. I always hope my prints convey to others the joy and wonder that existed when the images were captured.

Client Satisfaction

Client satisfaction is extremely important to us on both a business and personal level. From long hours spent in the field, to sourcing the best papers and supplies, to perfecting the color balance of a print, we put a great deal of time, effort, and ourselves, into each image we offer. We want and need each of our clients to be satisfied with their purchases, now and into the future. This is the only way our endeavor can be successful and worthwhile. To that end, we will do all we can to assure your satisfaction.
Sample Clients, Credits, and Venues
Allegheny College, PennsylvaniaDean photographing a reddish egret
Art by the Falls, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Asian Photography Magazine
Audubon Society
Beautyway Publications
Brecksville Center for the Arts, Brecksville, Ohio
Cain Park Arts Festival, Cleveland Hts., Ohio
Cleveland Metroparks System, Ohio
College Club of Cleveland
Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society
Cuyahoga Valley Trails Association
Death Valley Natural History Association
Digital Photographer Magazine
East Shore Invitational Art Show, Kirtland, Ohio
Glacier National Park, Montana
Heights Arts, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Holden Arboretum, Kirtland, Ohio
Lakewood Arts Festival
Lake County Metroparks System, Ohio
Lakewood Photographic Society, Ohio
Lorain County Metroparks System, Ohio
Mildred Wardlaw Nature Trails, British Columbia, Canada
Pilgrimage Magazine
Science Illustrated Magazine, Denmark
Shambhala Publications
Sierra Club
South Wing Gallery, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Susan G. Komen Foundation
Summit County Metroparks, Ohio
The Art Gallery, Willoughby, Ohio
The Choral Project, San Jose, California
The West Woods Nature Arts Festival, Novelty, Ohio
United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
University Hospitals
Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Waterloo 7 Gallery, Willoughby Hills, Ohio
Willoughby ArtsFest, Willoughby, Ohio
Willoughby Hills Community Gallery, Ohio
Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, Washington