Joni Sternbach uses large-format cameras and early photographic processes to explore the present-day landscape and to make environmental portraits. Her work centers on our relationship with water. Her long-term projects involve the pursuit and understanding of the American West.
Sternbach received her bachelor’s degree in photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and a graduate degree from New York University/International Center of Photography, where she taught for over a decade. She is an advisory board member and founding faculty at Penumbra Foundation in New York, where she teaches wet plate collodion processes. Sternbach’s work is held in many international and public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, England; the Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Nebraska; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.