Joni Sternbach

Excerpt from Joni's website - Joni Sternbach was born in the Bronx, New York. She graduated from New York University/International Center of Photography with an M.A. in Photography in 1987. She was part of the adjunct faculty at New York University for over 20 years, and is currently a visiting artist at Cooper Union in NYC, a faculty member at ICP, The Center for Alternative Photography where she specializes in teaching wet plate collodion.

Sternbach uses both large format film and early photographic processes to create contemporary landscapes and portraits. Her work centers on our relationship with water, depicting some of the most desolate deserts in the American West to some of the most prized surf beaches in the world.

Sternbach’s solo exhibition, SurfLand, which captures portraits of surfers in tintype, was first featured at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, along with her monograph, SurfLand, published by photolucida. Her new monograph, Surf Site Tin Type is published by Damiani Editore and is now available.

Her work is included in many public collections, with the most recent acquisition from the National Portrait Gallery in London, The Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City and Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. She is the recipient of several grants including the Clarence John Laughlin award and NYFA.

She is represented by Rick Wester Fine Art in NYC