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Quang-Tuan Luong

Born in France, from Vietnamese parents, I was originally trained as a scientist (Ecole Polytechnique X84, PhD University of Paris), and made a few fundamental contributions to the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing, detailed in The Geometry of Multiple Images (MIT Press, with Olivier Faugeras).

In the mid eighties, my life was transformed by the wilderness of mountains. As a climber, and then mountain guide, I was initially interested in photography as a means to communicate to people who weren't there the wonders I had seen on the high peaks of the Alps.

To reach a large public, in 1995, I created my first website, the popular "Mountain Gallery". Shortly afterwards, my mountaineering images appeared in magazines in six countries and the book Souvenirs from high places, a history of mountaineering photography closed with two of my photographs. The Mountain Gallery was later expended into this website.

Although I am no longer involved in difficult technical climbing, this dynamic, participatory approach to photography continues these days with travels, which have taken me to five continents. I am fortunate that my work could span an immense geographic range, from the top of the coldest mountain on the earth to under tropical seas.

In 1993, another turning point happened. Attracted by the proximity of Yosemite - and its famous cliffs - I found my way to the University of California, Berkeley for what was originally planned as a short stay. There, inspired by the rich tradition of American landscape photography, I learned to use the large format camera. In the process, I happened to create what many consider to be the primary technical resource for large format photography on the internet. The more contemplative approach that this type of exacting and demanding photography promotes, and the extremely detailed photos it produces are perfect in making the viewer feel part of the landscape.

At that same time, I felt in love with the National Parks, and set out for a monumental nature photography project that had not been completed by anyone at that time: photographing all of them with a large format camera, which I felt would be the only way to do justice to their beauty. To complete the project, I made my home in the San Francisco Bay Area. My years of experience of outdoor adventuring proved useful when exploring the backcountry of many Parks in a variety of ways ranging from hiking in trail-less terrain with a 70-lbs backpack - needed to survive in the wilderness while operating a 5x7 camera -, to paddling kayaks and canoes.

Although I am still creating new images for what will most likely be a lifetime pursuit, by the summer of 2002, I reached the milestone of photographing in large format each of the 58 National Parks at least once when I set up my camera on the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes in Arctic Alaska (see picture). In 2009, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan featured me as one of the few living characters in the PBS film The National Parks: America's Best Idea.

Snowcapped Reflection Snowcapped Reflection Ice Mountain Ice Mountain Hikers of the Alps Hikers of the Alps Reaching the Alps Reaching the Alps
Vintage Vehicles Vintage Vehicles Waterfall's Rainbow Waterfall's Rainbow Stalagmites and Stalactites Stalagmites and Stalactites A Bubbling Brook A Bubbling Brook
City Beneath the Sea City Beneath the Sea The Lookout The Lookout Snowy Evergreens Snowy Evergreens Evergreens in Snow Evergreens in Snow
Mountainside Winter Mountainside Winter Sunrise Lake Sunrise Lake French Aqueducts French Aqueducts Winter River Winter River
Dangling Icicles Dangling Icicles Sail at Sunset Sail at Sunset Narrow Bridge Narrow Bridge Readied Canon Readied Canon
Placid Mountains Placid Mountains Patient Bear Patient Bear Daytime Moon Daytime Moon Success Blue Sky, Blue Water Success Blue Sky, Blue Water
Rocky Waterfall Rocky Waterfall Mirrored Lake and Mountain Mirrored Lake and Mountain Reflecting Lake Reflecting Lake Waterfall Divided Waterfall Divided
A Faraway Land A Faraway Land The Turn Ahead The Turn Ahead Trees Banding Together Trees Banding Together Streaming Light Streaming Light
Arch Rock Formation Arch Rock Formation Red Rowboat Red Rowboat Paragliding at Dusk Paragliding at Dusk Aircraft Looking Outward Aircraft Looking Outward
Fishing Fleet Fishing Fleet Captain's Stage Captain's Stage Captain's Wheel Captain's Wheel Ship's Engine Room Ship's Engine Room
Full Mast Full Mast Sailing Full Mast Sailing Full Mast Mt. Rushmore Mt. Rushmore Farmland Fence Farmland Fence
Winding River Winding River Rocky Forest Stream Rocky Forest Stream Snowy Shadows Snowy Shadows Snow Covered Trees Snow Covered Trees
Tree Line in Winter Tree Line in Winter Winter's Edge Winter's Edge Golden Mountain Peak Golden Mountain Peak Stone Bridge Stone Bridge
Winter's Tree Winter's Tree Snow Dusted Forest Snow Dusted Forest Valley of Mist Valley of Mist Ice Valley Ice Valley
Desert View Desert View Canyon View Canyon View Hilly Lookout Hilly Lookout Lava Flow Lava Flow
Sunrise in the Desert Sunrise in the Desert Round Peg, Square Hole Round Peg, Square Hole River Though Rocks and Trees River Though Rocks and Trees The Small Tree The Small Tree
Hills at Sunset Hills at Sunset Waterfall Daybreak Waterfall Daybreak Ocean Sunset Ocean Sunset Narrow Waterfall Narrow Waterfall
Dawn at Shore Side Dawn at Shore Side Rolling Foothills Rolling Foothills Purple Sunset Reflection Purple Sunset Reflection Crashing Waving Crashing Waving
Icorus' Flight Icorus' Flight Life on Water Life on Water Capital Building at Night Capital Building at Night Courthouse Justice Courthouse Justice
Autumn Watermill Autumn Watermill Sunset Liberty Sunset Liberty Clay Waterfall Clay Waterfall O Faithful O Faithful
Mountain Stream Mountain Stream Rippling Reflection Rippling Reflection Tree of Knowledge Tree of Knowledge Flowing Like Fabric Flowing Like Fabric
Valley of Trees Valley of Trees Wetlands Wetlands The Tree of Autumn The Tree of Autumn Thankful and Hungry Bear Thankful and Hungry Bear
Twighlight City Harbor Twighlight City Harbor Serine Mountain Range Serine Mountain Range Mountainside Fall Mountainside Fall Desert Mountain Range Desert Mountain Range
Golden Desert Mountain Golden Desert Mountain Watery Valley Watery Valley Cold Rolling Mountains Cold Rolling Mountains Starry Starry Night Starry Starry Night
Framed Desert Framed Desert Boulder Held High Boulder Held High Looking Across NYC Looking Across NYC Village Church Village Church
Red church in the forest Red church in the forest Carvings outside of Notre Dame Cathedral Carvings outside of Notre Dame Cathedral Front of the Saint-Etienne Cathedral and a Rainbow Front of the Saint-Etienne Cathedral and a Rainbow Rosace in the Notre Dame Cathedral Rosace in the Notre Dame Cathedral
Candles and Christ Candles and Christ Interior of Sankt Lozenz Kirche Interior of Sankt Lozenz Kirche Church of the Holy Sepulchre Church of the Holy Sepulchre Mar Saba Monastery Mar Saba Monastery
Facade of the Duomo Facade of the Duomo Inside of the Siena Cathedral Inside of the Siena Cathedral Fontana della Barcaccia at the foot of the Spanish Step Fontana della Barcaccia at the foot of the Spanish Step Bridge and Basilica Saint Peter Bridge and Basilica Saint Peter
Inside Basilica San Pietro Inside Basilica San Pietro Interior of Basilica San Pietro Interior of Basilica San Pietro Interior of Basilica San Peter Interior of Basilica San Peter St Peter's tomb St Peter's tomb
Dome of Basilica Saint Peter Dome of Basilica Saint Peter St Peter and Basilica Saint Peter St Peter and Basilica Saint Peter Inside the great Uppsala cathedral Inside the great Uppsala cathedral Chapel of St John the Evangelist Chapel of St John the Evangelist
Quire of Canterbury Cathedral Quire of Canterbury Cathedral Altar and Nave of Canterbury Cathedral Altar and Nave of Canterbury Cathedral Canterbury Cathedral Canterbury Cathedral San Xavier del Bac Mission San Xavier del Bac Mission
Cross and Mission Santa Barbara Cross and Mission Santa Barbara Crystal Cathedral Facade Crystal Cathedral Facade Crystal Cathedral Crystal Cathedral Church of the Nativity Church of the Nativity
Labyrinth inside Grace Cathedral Labyrinth inside Grace Cathedral Bible and crucifix Bible and crucifix Ghiberti doors called Gates of Paradize Ghiberti doors called Gates of Paradize Roof and bell tower Roof and bell tower
Cannons and Chapel Cannons and Chapel Russian Chapel Russian Chapel First Baptist Church First Baptist Church Church in Waits River village Church in Waits River village
Church of East Corinth Church of East Corinth Church and Barn Church and Barn Village with Brilliant Autumn Foliage Village with Brilliant Autumn Foliage Yosemite Chapel Yosemite Chapel
Stone Smiling Faces Stone Smiling Faces Stone Smiling Face Stone Smiling Face Framed Buddhist Monk Framed Buddhist Monk Buddha Statue Buddha Statue
Young Buddhist Monks Young Buddhist Monks Two Buddhist Monks Two Buddhist Monks Buddhist Monks on Stairs Buddhist Monks on Stairs Bayon Buddhist Monks Bayon Buddhist Monks
Buddhist Monks on Bank Buddhist Monks on Bank Da Fo (Grand Buddha) Da Fo (Grand Buddha) Statue of Avalokiteshvara Statue of Avalokiteshvara Jinxing Is Temple Jinxing Is Temple
Largest Buddha Statue Largest Buddha Statue Bardan Monastery Bardan Monastery The Thousand-Armed Kannon The Thousand-Armed Kannon Ryoan-ji Temple Zen Garden Ryoan-ji Temple Zen Garden
Zen Garden Zen Garden A Zen Garden A Zen Garden Thousand-Armed Kannon Thousand-Armed Kannon Kinkaku-ji Temple Garden Kinkaku-ji Temple Garden
Classic Zen Garden Classic Zen Garden Raked Gravel Raked Gravel Cremation Cremation Ganges River Ganges River
Brahmans Preparing Brahmans Preparing Religious Arti Ceremony Religious Arti Ceremony Arti Ceremony Arti Ceremony Sacred cows Sacred cows
Arti Ceremony Worshipers Arti Ceremony Worshipers Ganges River at Sunrise Ganges River at Sunrise Ganges River Worship Ganges River Worship Hindu Pilgrim Hindu Pilgrim
Ganges Riverbank Ganges Riverbank Ganga Mahal Ghat Ganga Mahal Ghat Ganga Mahal Ghat Towers Ganga Mahal Ghat Towers Bonsale Ghat Bonsale Ghat
Man by Umbrella Man by Umbrella Manikarnika Ghat Manikarnika Ghat Dasaswamedh Ghat Boats Dasaswamedh Ghat Boats Dome of the Rock Dome of the Rock
Dome of the Rock Entrance Dome of the Rock Entrance Desert Journey Desert Journey Mormon Temple Mormon Temple Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Great Mormon Temple with Christmas Lights Great Mormon Temple with Christmas Lights Temple Square with Christmas Lights Temple Square with Christmas Lights Christmas and Great Mormon Temple Christmas and Great Mormon Temple