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Joni Sternbach

Joni Sternbach

Born in Bronx, New York
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Joni Sternbach Education


MFA New York University/International Center of Photography, New York


BFA School of Visual Arts, New York

Joni Sternbach Selected Solo Exhibitions


Her Wave, Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Surfland, Galerie Hug, Paris, France

Surfland, Helder Supply, Biarritz, France

Rick Wester Fine Art, New York


The Passengers, Rick Wester Fine Art, New York, NY


Surfland Revisited, 2006-2012, Rick Wester Fine Art, New York, NY

Surfland, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL


Sea Creatures, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA


New Photographs, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY


Surfland, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Surfland, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

Surfland, String Room Gallery, Wells College, Aurora, NY


Surfland, String Room Gallery, Wells College, Aurora, NY

Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Santa Barbara, CA


New Photographs, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY


Abandoned, Galerie BMG, Woodstock, NY


What is This Heaven, East Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


Untitled Silhouettes, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY


Untitled Silhouettes, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY


Something Between the Two of Them, Dittmar Gallery, Chicago, IL


Something Between the Two of Them, Stokker Stikker Gallery, New York, NY

Joni Sternbach Selected Group Exhibitions


Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

The Memory of the Future: Photographic Dialogues between Past, Present and Future, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

Retro-spective: Analog Photography in a Digital World, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida


New Visionaries: Photographers Who Bridge Art + Commerce, Mount Ida College, Newton, MA


Not Long Hidden, Rick Wester Fine Art, New York


Drawn To Water, United Photo Industries, Brooklyn, NY

Looking At The New West, The Fralin Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA

About Face: Contemporary Portraiture, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Sometime Other Than Now: Alternative Processes in Contemporary Photography, The Light Factory, Charlottesville, NC


Portrayal/Betrayal, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

Unbound, Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA

surFACE: Contemporary Wet Plate Collodion Portraiture, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA

Wave Rave, Space 15 Twenty, Los Angeles, CA


American Landscape: Contemporary Photographs of the West, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE

Wet Plate and Mirrors: Photographers working with historical processes, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Splash: Celebrating Ventura County Beach, Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, CA

L’Objet Photographique, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

Water Water Every Where, BRIC Arts Media, Brooklyn, NY


Aperture Benefit Auction, Aperture, New York NYC SP Arte, Gallery 1500, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Stoked on Summer, Space 15 Twenty Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Stoked on Summer, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York

Summer’s Almost Gone, Scheinbaum Russek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

We’re All Gonna Die, Sue Scott Gallery, New York

Transforming Photography, Edward Cella Art+Architecture, Los Angeles, CA


Into The Ether, RAYKO Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Resurrection, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR


Glass Love: Contemporary Art and Surf, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

Spectra ’07 Best in Show, Silvermine Arts Guild, New Canaan, CT

By Invitation Only, Kinz, Tillou + Feigen, New York

Welcome to Our Neighborhood, Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Santa Barbara, CA


Wallpaper Lab, Lennon, Weinberg Gallery, New York Nostalgic Noir, Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL

Recent Landscape Photography: The Intimate and the Sublime, St Louis Art Museum, St Louis, MO


Inaugural Exhibition, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York

When We Were Young, Foley Gallery, New York

OnLine/OnSite, Photo Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM


Permutations on the Picturesque, Senior and Shopmaker Gallery, New York Where the Island Begins, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Images of Time and Place: Contemporary Views of Landscape, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY


Body Language, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY

Permeable Borders, Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT


Circumstances Over Design, Robert Menschel Gallery, Syracuse, NY


Hidden Faces, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Little Things, Art In General, New York


A Second Look: Women Photographers at the HRHRC, UT Austin, Austin, TX


Pleasures And Terrors of Domestic Comfort, Museum Of Modern Art, New York

Joni Sternbach Awards and Residencies


Ucross Foundation Artist In Residence Kimmel Harding Nelson Artist In Residence


Clarence John Laughlin award

Art Park/Atlantic Artist In Residence Byron Bay, AU


Santo Foundation Individual Artist Grant


Critical Mass Hardbound Monograph Winner published 2009


Center For Land Use Interpretation. Wendover, Utah Artist In Residence


Light Work. Syracuse, NY Artist In Residence


New York Foundation For The Arts


Creative Artists Public Service

Joni Sternbach Selected Bibliography


Mokri, Clara. “Photographer Joni Sternbach is Remaking History.” Surfer, March 4, 2017.


Duffy, Tyson. “The Photographic Alphabet: J is for Joni Sternbach.” Musée, October 11, 2016.

DeSimone, Jaime. “Joni Sternbach’s Love-Hate Relationship with Wet Plate Collodion.” MOCA Jacksonville Blog, September 27, 2016.

Watts, Tom. “Surf Photographer Shortlisted for National Portrait Gallery Prize.” Wavelength, September 22, 2016.

Patton, Charlie. “New exhibit at MOCA Jacksonville shows that even in the digital age, many photographers prefer older techniques.”
The Florida Times-Union
, September 19, 2016.

Genova, Alexandra. “Shortlist for National Portrait Gallery’s Portrait Prize Announced.” Time, September 12, 2016.

Brown, Mark. “Shortlist announced for Taylor Wessing portrait prize.” The Guardian, September 12, 2016.

Tilk, Julia von. “Diese Surfergirls sehen aus wie aus dem 19. Jahrhundert entsprungen.” i-ref, September 12, 2016.

“Female surfers photographed using century-old technique – in pictures.” The Guardian, September 1, 2016.

Lowry, Rachel. “10 photographers select their favorite photos of the beach.” Time, August 12, 2016.

Mukherjee, Paroma. “’ARENA’ Noorderlicht Photofestival at Museum Belvedere has eyes on ground.” BlouinArtInfo, June 23, 2016.

Dotschkal, Janna. “Old-Fashioned Photos Reveal the Passion and Grit of Surfers.” National Geographic, June 7, 2016.


Sternbach, Joni. Surf Site Tin Type. Damiani Editore.

Cardwell, Diane. “Capturing the Stillness of Surfer.” The New York Times, July 20, 2015.

Astin Martin Magazine, June 2015.

Loose Terence. “The Tribe at Water’s Edge.” Coast Magazine, January 2015.


Sternbach, Joni, The Passengers, Café Royal Books.


Sternbach, Joni, Promise Land, Café Royal Books.


“Doug, Byron Bay, NSW 2011.” Harper’s Magazine, August 2012.

“Joni Sternbach.” The New Yorker, June 15, 2012.

Tobin, Jacqueline, “Joni Sternbach: Surfland.” Rangefinder Magazine, March 1, 2012.


Steacy, Will. The Photograph Not Taken. Daylight Community Art.

Surfing World Magazine Australia, May 2011.

Fuzion Magazine, September 2011.

“Art Nation – Joni Sternbach.” ABC Video, Australia, April, 2011.

The Penguin Press, Summer 2011


Lewis-Jones, Huw. "Face-to-Face: Ocean Portraits", Conway.

Four Eyes Magazine Netherlands, 2010.

Monster Children, 2010.

“Surf Site Tin Type.” SurfNews Magazine, Italy, 2010.

“Called to the Blackboard.” Esquire, Russia, February 4, 2010.


Coen, Jon. “Art For the Masses.” ESPN, May 14, 2009.

“Surfland.” Visura Magazine, May 2009.

“Photo of the Day.” Photo District News, May 15, 2009.

Sternbach, Joni. "SurfLand." Photolucida.


Foto and Video Magazine, Russia, September 2008.

“The Salt Effect.” View Camera Magazine, August 2008.

“Into The Ether.” SF Weekly, July 18, 2008.

Water Magazine: No.26, Summer 2008.

West Coast Art + Design, March 2008.

McGregor, Nick. “Wahine East – Refocusing the Past.” Eastern Surf Magazine, March 2008.


“Montauk’s Ditch Plains.” View Camera Magazine, July/August 2007.


Galassi, Peter. "Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort." MOMA.

Joni Sternbach Films

The Women and the Waves: Documentary film – 2009 directed by Heather Hudson and Peck Ewer

Joni Sternbach Public Collections and Commissions

National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Victoria and Albert Museum National Art Library, London, UK

Tate Museum of Art Library Collection, London, UK

J.P. Morgan Chase, New York, NY

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas, City, MO

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

Museum of Photographic Arts. San Diego, CA

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA 

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO 

University Of Texas At Austin. Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX

Bibliotheque Nationale. Paris, France 

International Center of Photography, New York, NY

Center For Photography. Woodstock, NY

Light Work. Syracuse, NY 

Polaroid International Collection 



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