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Joni Sternbach was born in the Bronx, New York. She graduated from New York University/International Center of Photography (ICP) with an M.F.A. in Photography in 1987. She was part of the adjunct faculty at NYU for over 20 years, and is currently a faculty member at ICP teaching wet plate collodion.

Sternbach uses early photographic processes to create contemporary landscapes and seascapes. Her photography has taken her to some of the most desolate deserts in the American West to some of the most prized surf beaches around the world.

Sternbach's solo exhibition, SurfLand, which captures portraits of surfers in tintype, opened at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, in May 2009. SurfLand was also exhibited at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon, and will be on view at the Southeast Museum of Photography in 2012. Her monograph, SurfLand, was published in May 2009 by Photolucida.

Recently Sternbach traveled to Byron Bay, Australia as part of Art Park/Atlantic's new Artist-in-Residence program.

Sternbach is represented by Joseph Bellows in La Jolla, CA, and Edward Cella Art and Architecture in Los Angeles.

Her work is part of many public collections including the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, CA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She is the recipient of several grants including NYFA and CAPS.


SurfLand by Joni Sternbach published by photolucida 2009
Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort by Peter Galassi published by the Museum of Modern Art 1991

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