Bruce Barnbaum of Granite Falls, WA entered photography as a hobbyist in the 1960s. After 45 years, it is still his hobby; it has also been his life’s work since 1970.
Bruce’s educational background includes Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mathematics from UCLA in 1965 and 1967. 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 in late 1970. His photography expands upon the dynamics he finds in both nature and the works of man. Visually he emphasizes the best of humanity and nature, sometimes with bold realism, often with degrees of abstraction to heighten the mystery.
Through his workshops, articles, lectures, textbook, and his innovative photography/music collaboration Bruce is a well-respected photographer, educator, and pioneer. Bruce is also recognized as one of the finest darkroom printers on this planet, both through his exceptional B&W work, and also through his color imagery.
His publishing legacy includes –
The Essence of Photography: Seeing and Creativity, which won the German Photo book award for best educational book in November of 2015.
Visual Symphony, his classic book in four movements.
The Art of Photography, An Approach to Personal Expression, published in 2010 by Rocky Nook and Photographic Arts has now been reprinted five times, and has been translated into five foreign languages, making it the recognized standard for photographic insight and instruction.
Tone Poems – Book 1 and Book 2, which combines photography with music in a uniquely insightful collaboration with Pianist Judith Cohen and others on duos and trios.
Bruce has been an active environmental advocate for more than three decades, both independently and through organizations such as the Sierra Club, Audubon, the Stillaguamish Citizens’ Alliance (which he co-founded in 1991, 1000 Friends of Washington, and the North Cascades Conservation Council. As a photographer he has seen the changes in our land and our landscape—almost all of them for the worse—that have taken place in the 45 years he has actively been photographing our planet. He points out that we all live on this one magical globe called “Earth,” and unless we love it, revere it, and protect it, we’ll all perish with it.