Stephen Sharnoff

Stephen Sharnoff

Fellow: Awarded 2012
Field of Study: Science Writing

Competition: US & Canada

University of California, Berkeley; Missouri Botanical Garden

A resident of Berkeley, California, for most of my life, I have pursued a lifelong interest in photography and nature while also working as a carpenter and contractor.  With Sylvia Sharnoff, I carried out the photographic fieldwork for Lichens of North America (Brodo, Sharnoff & Sharnoff, Yale University Press, 2001.)  My images have appeared in numerous books, magazines and exhibits, and I am represented by the National Geographic Society Image Collection.  In 2010 I wrote and illustrated a photographic essay, self-published through, called Restless Peace: Images from the Cemeteries of Paris.  With Suzanne Guerlac, I produced an exhibit in 2008 for the Townsend Center for the Humanities, University of California, Berkeley, entitled Vanishing (Portraits). Current projects include a field guide to the wildflowers and flowering shrubs of the Sierra Nevada and a field guide to the lichens of California.

Profile photograph taken in the Sierra Nevada, 2009. 

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