A sense of place

Jim Steinberg ’67 often says that his favorite place is the last place he’s been.

A professional photographer since 1975, Steinberg has logged more than two million miles traveling the globe with his camera. “I always travel with enough equipment to make NASA envious, and destroy anyone’s back,” he said. Steinberg’s award-winning nature and travel images have been published in dozens of books and major magazines, including National Geographic.

On a recent trip to Oman, Steinberg spent the day photographing a nomadic family, hoping to capture the importance of the Bedouin culture to the Arabian Peninsula. Steinberg: “Part of creating a sense of place is trying to convey a sense of culture. I saw the light beginning to come alive, and the floor of the Wahiba Sands begin to swirl with dust, so I waited for the light and framed the family to give the image a sense of the scope of the landscape.”

Jim Steinberg '67 in the Wahabi Sands

A Bedouin family camps in the Wahiba Sands of Oman (By Jim Steinberg ’67).

Steinberg snapshot

  • In 1988, Steinberg became the first director of the National Geographic Photography Workshops.
  • Steinberg is the son of noted cultural philanthropists Harold and Mimi Steinberg and a trustee of the Steinberg Charitable Trust, which supports and promotes American theater.
  • Steinberg’s favorite Peddie memories include the burgers in Longstreet Hall and writing for The Peddie News.