An exclusive interview with PAUL ZIZKA
Lens Magazine|February 2021
PHOTOGRAPHER. EXPLORER. SPEAKER. EDUCATOR.
Paul Zizka is an international award-winning mountain landscape and adventure photographer based in Banff, Canada. A prolific adventurer, Paul's journey to capture the underdocumented has taken him to all seven continents, as well as to each of Canada's provinces and territories.

Paul's images have been featured on countless book covers and various highly regarded publications, including National Geographic, Maclean's, Alpinist, the Huffington Post, The Guardian, Canadian Geographic, Islands, PhotoLife, and explore magazine.

Paul has three coffee-table photography books: Summits & Starlight: The Canadian Rockies, The Canadian Rockies: Rediscovered, and Aloft: Canadian Rockies Aerial Photography (to be released May 2021). A passionate teacher, he hosts workshops all over the world and a large online community for photographers through his company, OFFBEAT. Paul enjoys life in the mountains with his wife Meghan and their two daughters.

It's a great honor to interview Paul, and we are very excited to get into a close chat with him.

LENS MAGAZINE: Hello Paul, thank you for this interview; we are so amazed by your excellent shooting; please tell us a bit about yourself. What was your photography path during the years? Do you come from an artistic family?

PAUL ZIZKA: Thanks for the kind words and for having me! Photography, for me, started as a way of simply documenting the places I was visiting and chronicling my experience in the mountains. I was born and raised in Quebec and grew up playing hockey. When I came west, it felt like discovering a new world. I spent more time in the mountains and became increasingly fascinated with the interplay of light, weather, landscape, and photography. I bought my first DSLR in 2007. A few years later, I dove into photography full-time. Since then, my photography journey has taken me to many remote corners and unexpected places.

Art was never really a focal point in our family. My father clearly has an artistic mind, but I don't think he ever explored that avenue very thoroughly.

I never considered myself artistic, and even now, calling myself an artist feels really odd!

L.M.: How did you develop your special, unique signature of dreamy astrophotography images?

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