Kurt Edward Fishback, son of photographer Glen Fishback and name-sake of photographer Edward Weston, grew up as part of the photographic community in Northern California during the 1940's and 50's. Mentors and friends of the family included Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, and Edward Weston. Despite his immersion in the world of photography, Fishback began his artistic career studying ceramic sculpture at Sacramento City College, the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of California, Davis in the 60's. He first began to experiment with photography in 1962 as a way to document his experiences with other sculptors, but it was not until 1973, when his father invited him to teach at the Glen Fishback School of Photography, that photography became Fishback's primary mode of expression.
Kurt continues to teach photography when he is not too busy maintaining his own artistic career. His first major, one-person exhibit was held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern art in 1982. He is currently represented by the Camera Obscura Gallery in Denver, Colorado; and the Solomon/Dubnick Gallery and Appel Gallery in Sacramento, California, where he currently resides with his wife, Cassie. Art in Residence: West Coast Artists in Their Space is his first book.