Tony Stromberg

about the artist
education and teaching
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I have had an interest in photography since I was 7 or 8 years old, and spent many of my young days hiking around with my Brownie camera, and this became a hobby much of my early life. After being a graphic designer for several years, I began to entertain the idea of photography as a career. I joined a local association of advertising photographers and became a sponge for information and advice. I learned a lot through books and videos, and even more through playful experimentation. And for a number of years, I thrived in the world of advertising photography, garnering over 70 prestigious awards for my commercial work.

When I could no longer resonate with the world of commercial photography and turned my lens towards horses, I re-discovered qualities that I had unconsciously been longing for: kindness, innocence, authenticity, yet a connectedness to the inner and outer nature that is our birthright. I also soon came to realize that my relationships with the horses were deeper and more authentic that many of my relationships with my human counterparts at the time. This also became my salvation, and a doorway to the next chapter of my life. My love of photography was re-ignited, and from that point on, my work continues to be an homage to horses (as well as all animals) as my divine teachers and deepest friends.

Being able to share my discoveries with the world through my images, and encouraging people to find their own relationships with horses and the natural world, has been my greatest inspiration and motivation ever since.

Beauty, grace, power, honesty and integrity still exist in our world if we just open our eyes to see.

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about the artist

Although I was formally schooled in Design and Architecture, I made a career change in my early twenties and followed the path of commercial/advertising photography in San Francisco, with emphasis on conceptual work that blurred the line between commercial and fine-art photography. Towards the end of a 20-year span, I turned my lens toward a more personal and meaningful subject matter... horses. Over the last 10 years, I have produced a very large body of work in this genre. Although I also do some still life fine art photography, my primary body of work focuses on horses.



  • 2003
  • Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, Colorado
  • 2005
  • Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, Colorado
  • 2006
  • Candace Dwan Gallery, Katonah, New York
  • 2010
  • Museum Works Gallery, Santa Fe, NM


  • 2006
  • “Spirit of the West”, Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, Colorado
  • 2007
  • Group Show, Manitou Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • Group Show, F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin, Texas
  • Group Show, “Spirit of the West”, Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, Colorado
  • “Horses in Art” , Terrie Bennett Gallery, Taos, NM
  • 2008
  • “Spirit of the West”, Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, Colorado
  • 2009
  • Group Show, “Spirit of the West”, Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, Colorado
  • Group Show, El Museo Cultural, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2010
  • Group Show, “Spirit of the West”
  • Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, Colorado, September, 2010


  • Feature article, American Cowboy Magazine, Summer 1999
  • Feature article, Western Horseman Magazine, 2001
  • Feature article, The Santa Fean Magazine, 2003
  • Featured in artist’s showcase article, Southwest Art Magazine, 2006
  • Feature article, Horses in Art Magazine, 2007
  • Feature article, Cheval Harmonie Magazine, Switzerland, 2008
  • Feature article on my work, Cowboys and Indians Magazine, 2009
  • Spirit Horses, published by New World Library, 2005
  • The Forgotten Horses, published by New World Library, 2008
  • A Calendar of my work has been published annually by Amber Lotus Publishing in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
  • A large oversized calendar of my work will be published in 2012 by Teneues Publishing Company in Germany.
  • 14 Pieces of my work have been published as open edition prints by New York Graphic Society.
  • My work is published by several greeting card companies.
  • I am currently working on a third book.

education and teaching

Educated in architecture and design, University of Colorado, Boulder.

Self trained in photography since 1975, through various books, videos and workshops, as well as a lot of playful experimentation.

Worked as a successful advertising photographer in San Francisco from 1979 to 1999, and slowly evolved into fine-art photography.

Won over 70 gold, silver and merit awards from Communication Arts Magazine and PRINT Magazine between 1986 and 1998.

I have taught an ongoing series of photography workshops every year since the Summer of 2004. Workshops have been taught in Santa Fe, NM as well as California and Wyoming.

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