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Joni Sternbach

Joni Sternbach is a native New Yorker. She holds a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts and an MA from New York University/International Center of Photography.

Sternbach uses both large format film and early photographic processes to explore the present day landscape and to make environmental portraits. Her work centers on our relationship with water, contrasting some of the most desolate deserts in the American West to iconic surf beaches around the world.

Her work is included in many public collections, with recent acquisitions from the Joslyn Art Museum, Harn Museum, MOCA, Jacksonville and National Portrait Gallery in London. She is the recipient of several grants and prizes including the Clarence John Laughlin award, NYFA and 2nd prize winner in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize competition 2016. Her monograph, Surf Site Tin Type was published by Damiani Editore in March 2015.



The Momentary Wave MOAH Art Museum, Lancaster, CA


Ocean Side Galerie Catherine et Andre Hug, Paris, France The Momentary Wave, Halekulani Gallery, Honolulu, HI


VAST: Sea Salt, Sand, Sky, The Harn Museum, Gainesville, FL


Her Wave Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Surfland Helder Supply, Biarritz, France Surfland Galerie Hug. Paris, France


The Passengers Rick Wester Fine Art. NYC


Surfland Revisited, 2006-2012 Rick Wester Fine Art. NYC Surfland Southeast Museum of Photography. Daytona Beach, FL

Sea Creatures Joseph Bellows Gallery 2010
New Photographs Kenise Barnes Fine Art 2009

Surfland Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA
Surfland Blue Sky Gallery. Portland, OR
Lishui Photo Festival. Lishui, China
Surfland String Room Gallery. Wells College. Aurora, NY

Surfland Edward Cella Art + Architecture. Santa Barbara, CA 2006
New Photographs Kenise Barnes Fine Art

Abandoned Galerie BMG, Woodstock, NY

What is This Heaven East Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Untitled Silhouettes Kenise Barnes Fine Art

Untitled Silhouettes Bergdorf Goodman, NY

Untitled Silhouettes Julie Saul Gallery, NY




Shelburne Art Museum Time Lapse: Contemporary Analogue Photography Bullivant Gallery, St Louis, MO California Dreamin’


JP Morgan Chase, Paris Photo Special Exhibition This Must Be The Place ‘Costlines’ Circle Contemporary Gallery, Cornwall, England
Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Talk To Me
L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, NYC Coast To Coast


Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA At Sea
Pingyao Photo Festival, China. Old School/New School Huntington Beach Art Center, Women in Surfing: Art & History.


National Portrait Gallery, London, UK Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 MOCA Jacksonville, FL Retro-spective: Analog Photography in a Digital World Candela Gallery and Books, Richmond, VA Unbound 5
Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, Netherlands. Arena, Noordelicht Photo Festival Musée de l’Elysée|Memory of the Future


Gallery at the School of Design at Mount Ida. Newton, MA New Visionaries: Photographers Who Bridge Art + Commerce


Rick Wester Fine Art. NYC Not Long Hidden


The Fralin Museum of Art. Charlottesville, VA Looking at the New West
The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Kansas City, MO About Face: Contemporary Portraiture
Light Factory, Charlotte, NC Sometime Other Than Now: Alternative Processes in Contemporary Photography United Photo Industries, Brooklyn, NY Drawn To Water


KT Fine Art. East Hampton, NY She Sells Seashells by the Seashore Candela Books & Gallery. Richmond, VA Unbound
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Portrayal / Betrayal
Rick Wester Fine Art. NYC AIPAD, PULSE

Space 15 Twenty. Los Angeles, CA Hellawood
Photo Center NW. Seattle, WA surFACE: Contemporary Wet Plate Collodion Portraiture


Rick Wester Fine Art. Miami, FL PULSE Art Fair
Lúz Gallery. Victoria, BC IMPRINT :: 2011
Joslyn Art Museum. Omaha, NE American Landscape: Contemporary Photographs of the West
Jennifer Schwartz Gallery. Atlanta, GA Wet Plate and Mirrors: Photographers Working with Historical Processes
The Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA Surf’s Up
Museum of Ventura County. Ventura, CA Splash: Celebrating Ventura County Beach Culture and Ocean-Inspired Art Maison Européenne de la Photographie. Paris, France L’Objet Photographique
Bric Rotunda Gallery. Brooklyn, NY Water Water Every Where
Houston Center for Photography. Benfeit Auction


Aperture Foundation Benefit Auction NYC
Space 15 Twenty Gallery, LA, CA Stoked on Summer Gallery 1500, Sao Paulo, Brazil SP Arte


Bonni Benrubi Gallery. NYC Hot Fun in the Summertime
Scheinbaum and Russek Gallery. Santa Fe, NM Summer’s Amost Gone
Sue Scott Gallery. NYC We’re All Gonna Die
Art Strand Gallery. Povincetown, MA It’s all about Photography
Edward Cella Art + Architecture. Los Angeles, CA Transforming Photography NY Photo Festival. Brooklyn, NY All Over The Place curated by William Ewing Clark Gallery. Lincoln, MA Float


RayKo Photo Center. San Francisco, CA Into The Ether Pulse Art Fair. NYC Artware editions at the VIP lounge 23 Sandy Gallery. Portland, OR Resurrection


Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum. Santa Barbara, CA Glass Love: Contemporary Art And Surf Silvermine Guild Arts Center. New Canaan, CT SPECTRA ’07: National Photography Triennial
Kinz, Tillou + Feigen. NYC By Invitation Only
Edward Cella Art + Architecture. Santa Barbara, CA Welcome to Our Neighborhood


Chicago Art Source. Chicago, IL Nostalgic Noir
Lennon, Weinberg Gallery. NYC Wallpaper Lab
Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Houston, Texas Photo Forum
St Louis Art Museum. St Louis, MO Recent Landscape Photography: The Intimate and the Sublime


Jenkins Johnson Gallery, NYC Inaugural Exhibition Foley Gallery. NYC When We Were Young
Photo Eye Gallery. Santa Fe, NM OnLine/OnSite


Senior and Shopmaker Gallery. NYC Permutations on the Picturesque
Hofstra University. Hempstead, NY Where the Island Begins
Lehman College Art Gallery. Bronx, NY Images of Time and Place: Contemporary Views of Landscape

Kenise Barnes Fine Art. Larchmont, NY Two Person Show

White Room Gallery. Los Angeles, California Inspirations and Interpretations 2002

Islip Art Museum. Islip, NY Body Language
Akus Gallery. Eastern Connecticut State University. Willimantic, CT Permeable Borders Washington Square East Galleries. NYC Small Works


Sideshow Gallery. Brooklyn, NY 21st Suffragette Kenise Barnes Fine Art. Larchmont, NY Aqua Marine


Silver Eye Center for Photography. Pittsburgh, PA


Paul Kopeikin Gallery. LA, California Hidden Faces Art In General. NYC Little Things


Salena Gallery. Long Island University. Brooklyn, NY Two Person Exhibition
Triangle Theater, Long Island University. Brooklyn, NY Body And Soul Collaborative Installation University Of Texas at Austin A Second Look: Women Photographers at the HRHRC Catalogue


Museum Of Modern Art. NY Pleasures And Terrors of Domestic Comfort


Houston Center For Photography. Houston, TX The Other Catalogue
Bayfront NATO Center for The Arts. Erie. PA Totem Polemic Or, The Family Emblem


Stokker Stikker Gallery. NYC Two Person Exhibition
Light Work Gallery. Syracuse, NY Three Person Exhibitio




MacDowell Colony Artist in Residence


National Portrait Gallery, London. Taylor Wessing Award, 2nd Prize

Ucross Foundation. Clearmont, WY

Ucross Foundation. Clearmont, WY
Kimmel Harding Nelson. Nebraska City, Nebraska


Clarence John Laughlin Award. New Orleans Photo Alliance The Art Park. Byron Bay, NSW Australia


The Santo Foundation, Artist Grant
Center for Land Use Interpretation. Wendover, UT


Photo Lucida Hard Cover Monograph
Center for Land Use Interpretation. Wendover, UT


Honorable Mention. Silver Eye Center for Photography


Polaroid Artists Support Grant

Light Work. Syracuse, NY Artist In Residence Grant

New York Foundation For The Arts
Artists Space. NYC Exhibition Assistance Grant

Creative Artists Public Service


MOCA Jacksonville
National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Peabody Essex Museum
J.P. Morgan Chase
Tate Museum of Art, Library Collection
Maison Européenne de la Photographie. Paris, France
Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Washington, DC
 The Cleveland Museum of Art
St. Louis Art Museum
University Of Texas At Austin. Harry Ransom Center
Polaroid International Collection
Bibliotheque Nationale
International Center Of Photography
Center For Photography at Woodstock
Light Work

Surfing by Jim Heimann published by Taschen 2016

The Memory of the Future, published by Musée de l’Elysée edited by Tatyana Franck 2016 Surf Site Tin Type, published by Damiani Editore – Monograph 2015
The Passengers published by Cafe Royal Books 2014
Promise Land published by Cafe Royal Books 2013
The Photograph Not Taken by Will Steacy 2012
Face to Face: Ocean Portraits by Huw Lewis-Jones 2010
SurfLand, published by Photolucida essay by Phillip Prodger – Monograph 2009 Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort by Peter Galassi – published by MOMA 1991


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