Photo of QT Luong in Kings Canyon National Park by Buddy Squires
QT Luong is known for being the first to photograph all America’s 59 National Parks -- in large format. Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan featured him in The National Parks: America's Best Idea. His photographs are extensively published and have been the subject of large-format books including Treasured Lands (winner of 6 national book awards), many newspaper and magazine feature articles, solo gallery and museum exhibits across the U.S.
QT Luong is a photographer and author known for being the first to photograph all 59 US National Parks —in large format. He is featured in the film The National Parks: America's Best Idea, by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. Articles about his work have appeared in magazines (National Geographic Explorer, Outdoor Photographer...) and newspapers (The New York Times, San Jose Mercury News...).
His photographs are the subject of four books, including the best-selling Treasured Lands, winner of six national book awards. They have appeared in Time, Life, Outside, Scientific American, GEO, numerous National Geographic publications, and hundreds of others worldwide. Luong’s limited-edition prints are widely collected, and his on-going traveling exhibition of large prints from all the national parks has shown in museums and galleries nationwide. He lives in San Jose, California, with his wife and two children. For more of his work, visit terragalleria.com.
QT Luong celebrates the splendor and variety of the natural and human heritage with his photography. He has been privileged to travel through an immense geographic range, from the top of the coldest mountain on earth to under tropical seas. He has been called "today's leading photographer of America's National Parks" as well as a "Modern Master", and his best-selling book Treasured Lands received critical acclaim and six national book awards.
Born to Vietnamese parents in Paris, France, he was trained as a scientist (PhD U. Paris). The revelation of the high Alps led him to become a mountain climber and wilderness guide. When he came to the US to conduct research in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing for what was to be a short stay, he chose UC Berkeley, because of the proximity to Yosemite--a world class rock climbing destination.
There, he fell in love with the National Parks and decided to photograph all of them with a 5x7 large format camera , a single-handed, self-financed, monumental project that had not been completed by anyone before. To that effect, he settled in the San Francisco Bay Area and started crisscrossing this country to capture its diverse beauty. QT's in-depth coverage of the Parks often dictated long hikes into the backcountry, with a 75 lb backpack, and only his passion and dedication to keep him company. By 2002, he had visited each of the 58 National Parks. He subsequently left his distinguished career as a scientist to work as a full-time photographer. In 2009, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan featured him as one of the few living characters in their film The National Parks: America's Best Idea.
QT is the founder of the primary online resource for large format photography.
His photographs have been the subject of four large-format books.
They have appeared in several publications from National Geographic, Time,
Life, Outside, Scientific American, GEO, and many others in dozens of
countries around the world. His work has been profiled or reviewed in publications
such as Outdoor Photographer, Rangefinder, National
Geographic Explorer, Parks, New York Times, Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News and has
been seen in galleries and museum solo exhibitions on both coasts. He also reached a
large audience through terragalleria.com, one of the most
visited of all individual photographers websites.