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Photography, Nature and the Cosmos

  • NASA Ames Research Center Syvertson Auditorium (map)

The Wonder of Photography, Nature and the Cosmos

This lecture explores our fascination with the heavens and light, fixing the natural world into an image and then transforming that capability into exploring the universe. Optics, light-writing, and the wonder of nature have all folded together into our modern notions of photography and exploration. This synthesis has led Stephen Johnson down the artistic path his career has explored. Join him in telling that story with his recent mind-blowing journey from the living world close-up to the depths of space. 


Large prints will be on display from Stephen’s Exhibit “Other Worldly” featuring his “Life Form” work and his “50 Years of Space Photography."

Syvertson Auditorium. Room N201. 11am.

Anyone outside NASA who would like to attend must be US Citizens and make arrangements ahead of time. Email us your full legal name with your request to attend.



Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson concentrates on landscape projects exploring wild, endangered spaces and human-altered lands, making images that depict a respect for life and the land with a real-world celebration of our relationship to nature. He has long been admired for his high photographic craft and for his dedication to making fine prints, excelling at sharing his knowledge and passion for our medium with countless individuals.

A pioneer in the filed of digital photography, Stephen was the first to use 4x5 digital view cameras in the National Parks, birthing his acclaimed “With a New Eye: The Digital National Parks Project" in 1994. Johnson has worked closely with Adobe and many other industry leaders on expanding and refining the tools we use as photographers. He was named to the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2003, made an Explorer of Light by Canon in 2006, and lectures at leading industry seminars and universities as well as mentoring a select group of aspiring artists.

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Stephen Johnson’s appearance made possible by Canon’s Explorer of Light Program.