Andrew Phelps is an American photographer who has been living in Europe since 1990. His work is influenced by the cross-cultural lifestyle he now leads, dividing his time between the deserts of Arizona and the Alps of Austria. He works as a curator and board member of the GALERIE FOTOHOF in Salzburg. His personal work is represented by the ROBERT MORAT GALERIE in Hamburg, GALERIE BRUNNHOFER in Linz, GALERIE JO VAN DE LOO in München. Alongside a constant pursuit of new work, Andrew keeps a blog about special edition photography books called BUFFET and is a member of the PIECE OF CAKE project.

For editorial and commission inquiries, please visit TEAR SHEETS/EDITORIAL

the drake equation in leiden, nl

Apr 4, 2021

unfortunately our expansive show of THE DRAKE EQUATION in the Old Observatory at the University of Leiden is in lockdown again and can’t be visited in person, but here is a link to an on-line presentation.

drake equation in the sternen passage wien

Jan 20, 2020

An installation of THE DRAKE EQUATION can be seen in the Sternen Passage in the MQ until April.  Thank you Sabine Jelinek for the invitation.

The drake equation on the Photobook journal

Oct 28, 2018

Thanks to Doug Stockdale for featuring THE DRAKE EQUATION on the PhotoBook Journal.

the drake equation + National Geographic

Aug 29, 2018

THE DRAKE EQUATION featured on National Geographic.
Thank you Nadia Drake!

The drake equation + the washington post

Jun 28, 2018

THE DRAKE EQUATION  on The Washington Post.

THE Drake equation in Oxford american magazine, Eyes on the South

Jun 1, 2018

THE DRAKE EQUATION is featured on the Oxford American Magazine in the series Eyes on the South,
curated by Jeff Rich.

the drake equation in wired magazine

May 18, 2018

A feature of THE DRAKE EQUATION and a story about our weeks
in the National Radio Quiet Zone in Green Bank,WV

See more about the book here.

the drake equation on Conscientious

Apr 16, 2018

THE DRAKE EQUATION  featured on Conscientious Magazine with a very insightful reveiw
by Jörg Colberg.

the drake equation @ it’s nice that

Apr 8, 2018

THE DRAKE EQUATION  featured on Its Nice That with a great reveiw
by Ruby Boddington.

new book – the drake equation

Feb 25, 2018

Paul Kranzler and I are happy to announce our book THE DRAKE EQUATION.
Order a Special Edition with print, or pick up a trade edition at Fountain Books.

Thank you to Isabel Latza for the beautiful design

See more about our project here.


Feb 18, 2018

special edition – the drake equation

Feb 13, 2018

THE DRAKE EQUATION is available as a pre-release Special Edition with print(s)

For the trade edition please visit Fountain Books


Dec 21, 2017

I just extended my commissioned series for the Wienerberger AG
by visiting the plants in Brickhaven, NC and Roanoke, VA.
Based in Vienna, this building supply manufacturer has plants world-wide. I spent a week in
North Carolina and Virginia making portraits of several employees and their lives on and off the job.
Thanks to Büro für Kunst for all of the support and making it happen.
Check out a part of the series here

CFS book featured in OUTSIDE Mazine online

Apr 6, 2017

When I was a young boy and devoured Outside Magazine for its stories of adventure
I never would have thought that the first photograph I ever made, as an 11 year old,
may someday be published there. But behold, Cubic Feet/Sec
See it here!

HIGLEY on Art Narratives

Apr 3, 2017

There is a nice story about my last 10 years of work in and around
HIGLEY, AZ right now on Art Narratives.

You can check out the book here

Österreich Bilder / Facing Austria, Salzburg Museum

Mar 15, 2017

Excited to have a new body of work, OVER LAND,  be a part of a new publication and show in the Salzburg Museum,
curated by Rainer Iglar and Michael Mauracher and Fotohof

Come out for the opening of ÖSTEREICH BILDER / FACING AUSTRIA,
book presentation and show with 20 photographers who have spent a year documenting Austria.

Salzburg Museum, Thursday March 16th, 18:30

new commission for Wienerberger AG

Dec 20, 2016

I just finished a commission for the Wienerberger AG.

Based in Vienna, this building supply manufacturer has plants world-wide. I spent a week in
Straubing, Germany making portraits of several employees.
Thanks to Büro für Kunst for all of the support and making it happen..

Check out a part of the series here.

Cubic Feet/Sec. in Scope Gallery, Hannover

Nov 16, 2016

Cubic Feet/Sec. is being shown at the Scope Gallery in Hannover until the end of the month.
Thanks to Ricus Aschemann and Maik Schlüter for the invitation. The show is a part of the MORE TO COME festival running in Hannover.

As with all bright constellations – Lothringer 13, Munich

Jul 21, 2016

Paul Kranzler and I will be showing work from the DRAKE EQUATION for the first time.
Curated by Jörg Koopmann and Simon Starling, the show will be up in the Lothringer 13 in Munich

Opening on Friday 22. July
Running from 23. Jul – 18. Sep 2016

Peggy Buth
Simon Starling
Aylin Langreuter
J. Nasmyth & J. Carpenter
Paul Kranzler & Andrew Phelps
James Merle Thomas & Meghan O´Hara

Kunsthaus Raskolnikow, Dresden – until May 26, 2016

May 2, 2016

Together with the Forum für Zeitgenössische Fotografie in Dresden, I have work from HIGLEY and HABOOB up until May 26. Please stop by if you are in town. Thank you Jürgen Schmidt from the Forum and Iduna Böhning from Raskolnikow Gallery

arizona trilogy – soiz gallery, passau

Dec 2, 2015

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I will be showing excerpts from my last 3 Arizona projects, CFSHaboob Higley,
in the Soiz Gallery in Passau, Germany. Opening will be on Friday Dec. 4th at 7 pm.
The show will run until Jan 15, 2016.

the Drake Equation, in Zeit Magazine

Nov 27, 2015

THE DRAKE EQUATION, a long term project I have been working on together with Paul Kranzler has just been published in the latest issue of  Zeit Magazine.
Grab a hard-copy in order to read the excellent text from Alard Von Kittlitz.

CFS review by Karen Jenkins, Photo-Eye Blog

Karen Jenkins has written an insightful review of Cubic Feet/Sec

An Interview / Portrait.

Oct 8, 2015

Thanks to Katharina Precht, Nicole Jenichl and Philipp Kneissl for the studio visit and video interview. In german, which still sounds funny coming out of my mouth, but a nice view into my world at the moment, and back 34 years as well.

a show and book presentation in Eboran Galerie Salzburg

Jun 26, 2015


The new work Cubic Feet/ Sec. is being shown for the first time in my show
“Über Land” in the Eboran Galerie in Salzburg until July 27

I will be giving a guided tour at 18:30 on July 1.

Here is a CFS book review by Harvey Benge 

Cubic Feet/Sec. – 34 years in the Grand Canyon

Feb 5, 2015

cubic feet/sec. andrew phelps

My newest book, Cubic Feet/Sec


will be released in April. As with most of the books in the past, this one is available with a print/book edition.

108 pages, 18×23 cm
58 color images
soft-bound, gate fold covers
FOTOHOF edition, 2015
25,- €

100 signed editions with book+print
Arch. Pigment on fine-art paper

110,- Euro + shipping

click here to see more and to place an order for the trade edition,
thanks for the support…

Opening Februar 6th in Munich

Jan 24, 2014


from HABOOB 2012
edition of 5
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2. T
edition of 5

On Thursday Feb. 6th there will be an opening of work from HIGLEY and HABOOB  at Jo Van De Loo in Munich.  Opening starts at 6 pm. The show will run until March 8. Theresienstrasse 48, Munich.

720 at Feroz Gallery, bonn

Nov 30, 2013

A selection from 720 (two times around) is being shown at the Feroz Gallery in Bonn.

The opening is on December 6 and the show runs until January 17th. I will be there with Stefan Brunnhofer. Skate by and say hi…

Die Kartografie des Bildes – MdM Salzburg

Nov 29, 2013

Until January 26th there is a very early series of photographs of mine which can be seen in the show Die Kartografie des Bildes

In 1994 (yes, 20 years ago..) I paddled a sea-kayak the length of Baja California in the Sea of Cortez with 3 good friends. The series SEXTANT is a documentation of that trip and what it was like to be staring at a horizon line of water and air for 2 months, killing fish, baking bread in the sand, sleeping on the ground.

Also in the show are works from Hubert Blanz,Kurt Matt, Michaela Moscouw, Michael Schuster, Herman Clemens Kosel.

On site – Commissioned portraits in the Salzburg Museum

Oct 16, 2013


Opening on Saturday, October 19 is the show Archeologie!? in the Salzburg Museum where I am showing a series of 18 portraits of contemporary archeologists at work titled ON SITE

As was the intention, you may be surprised at how interesting, yet unromantic, the world of contemporary archeology really is…

Opening on Saturday, October 18 at 11 am

Salzburg Museum
Mozartplatz 1

haboob featured on landscape stories

Mar 13, 2013



Fabio Severo has included HABOOB in his curated issue of Landscape Stories.

quiet please, so i can see you.

Jul 30, 2012












an interview by Kai Behrmann on Art of Creative Photography.


Higley, a staff pick at photo-eye

Jan 8, 2008

This week’s pick is Higley,  chosen by one of the newest Photo-Eye staff members, Ben Lerman.

“Prior to working here I got my BFA in photography at The California College of Arts and Crafts where I studied under LARRY SULTANTODD HIDO, Chris Johnson and Magnum photographer JIM GOLDBERG, amongst others. After about a month of being at photo-eye I have chosen Higley, the fifth publication by Andrew Phelps, as my first staff pick.

Under the pretense that ‘Globalization is too big to take a picture of,’ photographer Andrew Phelps returns to his hometown, Higley, where he finds it to be a microcosmic example of the global phenomenon. Higley is a metaphor for what is happening on the edge of every major city in the American west, farming towns being assimilated by their metropolitan neighbors. In this book Phelps has been able to not only examine a city rushing to lose a history that scarcely existed, but also to confront his family’s roots, a narrative that mimics the transformation of the town itself. Photographed over three years, this body of 81 color images culminated at the same time Higley lost its name in an amalgamation with Phoenix, Arizona.”

—Ben Lerman


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