Stephen E. Strom

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Sand Mirrors: not mind, not water, not sand

Book Cover Published October 1, 2012, Sand Mirrors: not mind, not water, not sand contains the photographs of Stephen Strom and the poems of Zen master Richard B. Clarke. This book is available in both ebook and paper formats. The ebook, available in epub3 format for the iPad or the Readium extensium in the Chrome browser, is a fixed-format read-along version. A richmedia PDF format for your desktop, laptop and other tablet is also available. In both versions, the poet, Richard Clarke, reads each poem.

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Secrets From the Center of the World

Book Cover Published in 1989, and in print continuously since that time, Secrets From the Center of the World, with both an Italian and a French edition, contains the photographs of Stephen Strom and the words of Muscogee poet, Joy Harjo.

"The book Secrets for the Center of the World exhibits an eye for a startlingly altered and refreshing perspective. Steven [sic] Strom's photographs reveal secrets of the obvious that have been concealed by the prevalent dissembling intimacy of ecoporn. Textures of undulant landforms are painted with sparse desert plant communities. Relationships are exposed. Landscape icons are shunned. It wasn't til I began struggling with the issue of ecoporn that the exceptional nature of these photographs was manifest. They are taken, for the most part, at midday! No blush of alpenglow here."

José Knighton, poet, hiker and bioregionalist and manager of the Back of Beyond bookstore in Moab, UT. From Ecoporn and the Manipulation of Desire, reprinted in Wild Earth: Wild Ideas for an Earth Out of Balance, Tom Butler, Editor, Milkweed Editions, 2002.

Secrets From The Center Of The World, Joy Harjo (prose and poetry), Stephen E. Strom (Photography), 1989, Univ. Arizona Press.

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Sonoita Plain: Views from a Southwestern Grassland

Book Cover Published in 2005, Sonoita Plain: Views from a Southwestern Grassland was named a Top Pick on the Southwest Books of the Year 2005 list from the Tucson-Pima Public Library.

Sonoita Plain: Views from a Southwestern Grassland, Carl & Jane Bock (text), Stephen E. Strom (Photography), 2005, Univ. Arizona Press.

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Tséyi'/Deep in the Rock: Reflections on Canyon de Chelly

Book Cover Published in 2005, Tséyi' / Deep in the Rock: Reflections on Canyon de Chelly was named a Top Pick on the Southwest Books of the Year 2005 list from the Tucson-Pima Public Library. Tséyi' was recently named the Best Book for the Glyph Awards given by the Arizona Book Publishing Association.

Tséyi' / Deep in the Rock: Reflections on Canyon de Chelly, Laura Tohe (poetry), Stephen E. Strom (Photography), 2005, Univ. Arizona Press.

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Earth Forms

Book Cover Stephen Strom has photographed in the southwestern desert lands of the United States for more than 20 years and this book brings together, for the first time, a selection of his most powerful and memorable images.

Strom brings to this landscape the sensibilities of an astronomer who has lived in the desert for almost two decades. His photographs capture a land shaped both by the millennial forces of prehistory and also by yesterday's cloudburst. His images have the power to compress vast desert spaces in an illusion of intimacy and comprehension, presenting undulations of colour and form which appear reimagined in a light that at once penetrates and sculpts.

Published in 2009, the book Earth Forms, with essays by Gregory McNamee and Albert Stewart, is the first fine art quality monograph of Stephen's photographs. To assure images of the highest quality, Stephen was present at EBS in Verona, Italy when the final proofs were made. He and Dewi Lewis, the publisher, certified the adjustments made before each page was printed.

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Earth Forms , Stephen E. Strom, Gregory McNamee & Albert Stewart(essays), 2009, Dewi Lewis Publishing.



Observatories of the Southwest: A Guide for Curious Skywatchers

Book Cover With its clear skies and low humidity, the southwestern United States is an astronomer's paradise where observatories like Kitt Peak have redefined the art of skywatching. The region is unique in its loose federation of like-minded research outposts and in the quantity and diversity of its observatories - places captured in this unique guidebook.

Douglas Isbell and Stephen Strom, both intimately involved in southwestern astronomy, have written a practical guide to the major observatories of the region for those eager to learn what modern telescopes are doing, to understand the role each of these often quirky places has played in advancing our understanding of the cosmos, and hopefully to visit and see the tools of the astronomer up close. For each observatory, the authors describe its history, highlights of its contributions to astronomy - with an emphasis on recent results - and information for visitors. Also included are wide-ranging interviews with astronomers closely associated with each site.

Observatories covered range from McDonald in Texas to Palomar in California, with significant outposts in between: Arizona's Kitt Peak National Observatory southwest of Tucson, the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, and the Whipple Observatory outside Amado; and New Mexico's Very Large Array near Socorro and Sacramento Peak close to Sunspot. In addition to describing these established institutions, they also take a look ahead to the most powerful ground-based telescope in the world just beginning to operate at full power on Mount Graham in Safford, Arizona.

With more than three dozen illustrations, the book is accessible to amateur astronomers, tourists, students, and teachers - anyone fascinated with the contributions that astronomy has made to deepening our understanding of humanity's place in the universe, whether exploring the solar system from Lowell Observatory or studying the birth of stars using the army of giant radio telescopes at the Very Large Array. This book aims to inspire visits to these sites by illuminating the major scientific questions being pursued every clear night beneath the dark skies of the Southwest and the amazing machinery that makes these pursuits possible.

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Observatories of the Southwest: A Guide for Curious Skywatchers,
by Douglas Isbell and Stephen Strom, University of Arizona Press.

Light Forms/Earth Forms

Published in 2001, Light Forms/Earth Forms is a limited edition portfolio of 20 archival color inkjet prints contained in an archival box. An introduction written by Muscogee poet, Joy Harjo, signed by both Joy and Steve, is included.

The original images were scanned from slide film at a resolution of 2700 dpi. They are processed using Photoshop and then printed on an Epson 2000P printer with Epson archival inks. The prints are on 8.5 by 11 inch sheets of heavy archival inkjet paper. The image sizes are: 3 1/8 by 7 1/8 inches for the 3 segment images and 2 3/8 by 4 5/8 inches for the single vertical images. The images shown here have a resolution approximately 2% that of the images in the portfolio.

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