The subjects of my first photographs were the vistas and wildlife of the Western National Parks during a cross-country tour in 1951. I was 13, and learned to develop and print in my father's darkroom. Over the next seventy years I continued to photograph western lands, and much of the world as well. Despite a demanding business career developing major planned communities and devoting much time to public service, my passion for capturing special scenes and moments never diminished. Serving for nine years on the California Arts Council including four years of policy-making as Chairman and Vice Chairman broadened my exposure to all forms of art. It isn't enough to competently record scenes and events. I always look for ways of artistically presenting my images while remaining faithful to what I see in Nature everywhere I go. My images have been exhibited in galleries and museums in California and Arizona, and are widely shown on various Internet sites.
All artists experience visual saturation and fatigue after portraying the same subjects for a long time. Visiting other environments with different cultures is an easy way to stoke up one's creative energies. And in doing so, we also become more aware of the subtleties that make images more meaningful. I often feel that my best work on American lands, people and wildlife occurs after visiting other countries and cultures.
I have lived in many regions of the United States and visited my 50th state in 1986. I enjoy them all and regularly revisit them. But, it is the American West that remains most special to me, and where I have lived for more than 50 years. My book "In Search of the Old West" (available through this website) contains my first efforts to relate the beauty and culture of the West today to the Old West of more than a 100 years ago. Photography for two more books is complete, and they should be available by 2022.
Sunset, West Sedona 2022
Prints of most landscape and wildlife images on this site are available for purchase. Print sizes range from 8x10 to 20x24 and are printed on high quality Moab papers. To give you the most flexibility and the lowest prices, prints are unmounted and are shipped in cardboard tubes. Prices range from $25 to $150. For more details, tell us what you would like to know in the space titled Contact Us at the bottom of this Homepage.
"In Search of the Old West" is a handsomely illustrated 9x12 inch 112 page book filled with Mr. Stearn's photographs taken in the 11 western states. It covers western landscapes, wildlife, old buildings and western icons that retain the Old West mystique. To view more and order your copy, click on the green button at the top of this page that says "See In Search of the Old West".
Harvey Stearn is a regular contributor to several websites which are widely considered to be among the most important sites devoted to fine art photography. As of November 2021, thirty-five of his articles and photo-essays can be viewed at: www.photopxl.com/members/azfotopro/
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My wife Bobbie has accompanied me on many of my photography outings. Frequently, she has used her artistic skills to capture the beauty and drama of Nature in her landscape paintings. You can view her work and her Bio on the Bobbie Stearn Paintings page. Click "on "B. Stearn Paintings" at the top of this Homepage.
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