Carlan Tapp

Wicocomico Tribe, Taptico family

Tapp is a documentary photographer and lifelong educator, descendant of the Wicocomico Tribe, Taptico family, who studied photography at Art Center College of Design. After graduation, he worked with the National Park Service using photography to document socially caused changes in the natural environment. In the 1970’s, Carlan had the privilege of assisting the late Ansel Adams for three years and was inspired by Ansel’s love of the natural landscape. His fine art photographs devoted to Mt. Rainier are in permanent collections in China, Australia, Seattle and Mt. Rainier National Park. In 2005, Carlan established a Federal (501c3) non-profit foundation, Naamehnay Project – Question of Power. The foundation creates human stories of individuals, families and communities – of unheard voices affected by extraction, production, consumption and waste materials of coal in the creation of electricity for America.