Bruce Barnbaum

Bruce Barnbaum, of Granite Falls, WA, entered photography as a hobbyist in the 1960s, and after four decades, it is still his hobby. It has also been his life's work for the past 30 years.

Bruce's educational background includes Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mathematics from UCLA. After working for several years as a mathematical analyst and computer programmer for missile guidance systems, he abruptly left the field and turned to photography.

Bruce has authored several books, some of which have become classics. The Art of Photography was first published in 1994 and remained in print until 2007. Bruce has been self-publishing the book ever since, but with limited distribution (until now).

Bruce is a frequent contributor to several photography magazines. His series "The Master Printing Class" is featured in each issue of Photo Techniques, and his articles are published regularly in LensWork. Through his workshops, articles, lectures, books, and innovative photography, Bruce has become a well-known and highly respected photographer, educator, and pioneer.

Bruce is recognized as one of the finest darkroom printers on this planet, both for his exceptional black-and-white work, as well as for his color imagery. He understands light to an extent rarely found, and combines this understanding with a mastery of composition, applying his knowledge to an extraordinarily wide range of subject matter. His work is represented by more than ten galleries throughout the United States and Canada, and is in the collections of museums and private collectors worldwide.

Bruce has been an active environmental advocate for more than three decades, both independently and through his involvement and leadership with organizations such as the Sierra Club, the National Audubon Society, the Stillaguamish Citizens' Alliance, 1000 Friends of Washington, and the North Cascades Conservation Council.

"Plateaus and Canyons, Impressions of the American Southwest is a perfect way to enjoy a fabulous road trip without ever leaving your home."
--Cathi Crismon, Simple Sojourns

"Barnbaum demonstrates an innate understanding of the landscape of the American Southwest, with some truly stunning images accompanied by words that give an insight into this unique setting. One warning however--purchasing this book could result in an irresistible urge to embark on a costly trip to experience ‘Canyon Country' at first hand. "
--Jacqueline Porter, What Digital Camera

"Beautiful images with beautiful music."
--Brett Merkey,

"An experienced travel writer once told me that his editor said “Don’t write about geology. It puts people to sleep.” But you will not want to shut your eyes as you page through Plateaus and Canyons which is all about geology ... The visual delight of the endless variation of patterns Barnbaum discovers and records are enhanced by his small essays. "
--Vera Marie Badertscher, A Traveler's Library

"The Art of Photography sets itself apart from so many other guides by being thorough, but concise and by imparting a lot of knowledge without talking up or down to the reader. Barnbaum’s style is easy to follow and understand."
--Doug Bardwell, The Cleveland Examiner

"This is a book for the sincere, deeply dedicated photographer."
--Tim Boxer, 15 Minutes Magazine

"Bruce Barnbaum's The Art of Photography is the best book I've read in over 40 years of reading about photography."
--Bill Achuff, Ken Rockwell's Photography Updates

"It is truly the resource of choice for the thinking photographer."
--Steve Brock, Stevo's Book Reviews

"Barnbaum is successful in bringing the title to reality for the conscientious student: when a person with a camera can express themselves with their work and truly communicate with the viewer, he or she will have discovered The Art of Photography."
--Frank Etier, Technorati