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Biography: Scott Sternbach

LaGuardia Community College
Photography Program Director


I have been interested in photography from a very early age. The fact that my great grandfather and grandfather were both avid photographers most likely inspired me to begin taking photographs by the time I was 10 years old. I had a darkroom at 11 and had income in my early teens shooting slides of artwork for artists. After studying with Arnold Gassan at Ohio University I returned to New York and studied with Lisette Model at The New School for Social Research. Over the course of the past 30 years, my work has been published in The New York Times, Swiss Jazz Magazine, and New York Magazine, and has also been featured in 60 credits on CD and record jackets, and in numerous editorial spreads. I have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the American Cultural Center, in Senegal, Dakar and am in the permanent archive of Walt Disney Studios.

I have also traveled extensively to document undiscovered places in Mexico, remote areas of the Yukon Territory, Alaska, Costa Rica and most recently, the Antarctic. I was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers grant in May of 2008. The work produced from my 3 month residency in Antarctica is now in production and has been exhibited as 40 large format prints at LaGuardia College Atrium Gallery CUNY. I have presented the work in lecture format to the passengers on board the National Geographic Endeavour, for students at Yeshiva University, for CUNY faculty and a variety of local venues. Selections from the Antarctic project were included in "Finding Work" a group exhibition curated by Keith Miller at Gallatin Gallery (NYU) In November 2009. The Antarctic project currently on exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History through January 2011 and will travel the world for ten years thereafter. I have self published a monograph of the work titled Antarctic Souls and the book is available upon request.


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