Photo of QT Luong in Kings Canyon National Park by Buddy Squires
QT Luong was the first to photograph all America's 62 National Parks - in large format. His work, extensively published, is the subject of books including Treasured Lands (winner of six national awards), many newspaper and magazine feature articles, solo gallery and museum exhibits across the US.
QT Luong was the first to photograph all America's 62 National Parks -- in large format. He received the National Parks Conservation Association's Robin W. Winks Award for Enhancing Public Understanding of National Parks, and was featured in the film The National Parks: Americaʼs 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. and abroad.
QT Luong, photographer and author, was the first to photograph all 62 U.S. National Parks—in large format. He has been recognized as the recipient of the National Parks Conservation Association's Robin W. Winks Award for Enhancing Public Understanding of National Parks, and featured in the film The National Parks: Americaʼs Best Idea. 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 traveling exhibition has shown in museums and galleries nationwide and abroad. He lives in San Jose, California, with his wife and two children. To see more of his work, visit terragalleria.com.
QT Luong celebrates 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 was the first to photograph all 62 U.S. national parks - in large format, and his best-selling book Treasured Lands received critical acclaim and six national book awards.
Born to Vietnamese parents in Paris, France, Luong 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 before. He settled in the San Francisco Bay Area and started crisscrossing this country to capture its diverse beauty. Luong's in-depth explorations 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 then 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. In 2020, the National Parks Conservation Association honored him with the Robin W. Winks Award for Enhancing Public Understanding of National Parks.
Luong's photographs have been the subject of four large-format books.
They have appeared in publications from National Geographic, Time,
Life, Outside, Scientific American, GEO, and hundreds others worldwide.
His work, profiled or reviewed in magazines
(Outdoor Photographer, National Geographic Explorer, Parks...) and newspapers (New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle...),
has been exhibited solo in galleries and museums nationwide and abroad. He also reached a
large audience through terragalleria.com, one of the most
visited of all individual photographers websites.