2012 Year in Review

It was another banner year for Ian Shive, the photographer. As many of you know, most of my time is dedicated towards enhancing the careers of over 400 other photographers via my stock photography and motion clip licensing agency, Tandem Stills + Motion, Inc. and as an instructor of photojournalism and advanced photojournalism at one of the world’s leading educational institutions, the University of Southern California.

Tandem had its own banner year with a major expansion and our first retail store. But beyond the accolades of the agency, I’ve also had a stellar year working for some of my favorite clients in some of the wildest places on the planet.

One of my personal favorite achievements was the cover of The Nature Conservancy magazine for my story on the Tehachapi Wildlife Corridor. I am also proud to capture the cover of National Parks magazine for my story on Hidden Yosemite.
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I was also fortunate enough to take the 2011 Annual Report cover and accompanying interior spreads for TNC, photographed in Hawaii, and their Caribbean Division Report, photographed in Cuba, both were long form assignments that allowed me to spend time in the warm climates of these radically different but no less stunningly beautiful locations.










Additionally, I had yet another cover and major interior spreads for the Sierra Club’s 2011 Annual Report.

In addition to the above, I was also fortunate to visit Southern Chile where I photographed images of the Valdivian Coastal Reserve, a new reserve launched by several environmental non-profits including The Nature Conservancy. For a week I photographed artisan fishing efforts, coastal restoration and wild, raw landscapes.

The Nature Conservany Annual Report Photo Shoot / Valdivia, Chile

One of my aerial images from Palau was also ranked one of the most popular images in National Geographic’s Travel 365 collection.

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As if all of this wasn’t enough, I also managed to squeak out my first photography field guide in a form of an App available for the iPad in the iTunes Store, I was profiled in Travel & Leisure Magazine and conducted one of the best radio interviews of my  life on Los Angeles’ 95.5 KLOS Classic Rock station.

In a more memorable moment, one of my color images that looks black & white was hung next to Ansel Adam’s image that inspired it at the famous G2 Gallery in Venice, California.

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I also announced my first workshop taking place at my beloved Channel Islands National Park. In partnership with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, the G2 Gallery (where I’ll be conducting my first exhibit in April 2013) and the Channel Islands Park Foundation.


There were many other publications that ran my images including Lonely Planet, AARP, Mosaic, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Books, Sunset, Visit Montana and more.  I can not express enough my gratitude for the support that these organizations give to me by allowing me the opportunity to capture these important issues and bring them to the world in their publications. I can only imagine what 2013 will be like. Stay tuned!

Wilderness Diplomacy: Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

Ian Shive is proud to continue pushing the ever-expanding role that nature photography can play by using his recent top-selling book, The National Parks: Our American Landscape to open dialogue in foreign lands. Most recently, Ian’s book was presented to students and people in the embattled town and country of Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. As is often the case, most people there do not think of our country as a haven of stunning wilderness. A self-labeled Wilderness Diplomat, a term Ian coined, he hopes that his book will continue to plant the seeds of conservation in developing nations, but also show a side of the United States that is often overlooked and unknown and, perhaps, open new dialogues with these people by showing that we are not always about development, but also about preserving the heritage and land that is is most meaningful to us. Ian had previously shared his work as a Wilderness Diplomat in the United Arab Emirates.

The National Parks: Our American Landscape wins Gold Nautilus Award

I am pleased to announce that my new book, The National Parks: Our American Landscape, won Gold Place at the 2010 Nautilus Book Awards for Great Peacemakers. The Nautilus Award recognizes Books and Audio Books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living & positive social change,  while at the same time they stimulate the “imagination” and offer the reader “new possibilities” for a better life and a better world.   I am humbled to be in the company of such great past award recipients as Deepak Chopra, M.D., Barbara Kingsolver, Thich Nhat Hanh, Eckhart Tolle, Mariel Hemingway and the Dalai Lama. It is my hope that America’s wild lands and national treasures continue to open new channels for conservation worldwide.

Click here to download the original PDF press release of The National Parks: Our American Landscape

Congressional Briefing and Exhibit on Borderlands

Photographers, Environmentalists, Human Rights Activists Join Forces to Highlight Impacts of Border Wall

Ian Shive’s images will be part of a group effort by the International League of Conservation Photographers and other non-profits to lobby U.S. Congress to halt construction of the border fence along the US/Mexico border. The legislation being reintroduced is the Border Security and Responsibility Act of 2009 by rep. Raul Grijalva (Tuscon, AZ). Ian’s photos appear in a short documentary  being presented at a Congressional briefing on Monday, April 27th and four of his images will be part of a group exhibit on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, April 29th. All are invited to attend the exhibit during the day until 5:30pm. Special thanks to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for production of the film.
Rayburn Building Foyer, First Floor
Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street
Washington, D.C. 20003
Exhibit all day open to the public until 5:30pm

Portrait of Mexican Conservation Cowboy 
Portrait of Mexican “Conservation Cowboy.” Photo by Ian Shive

Aerial view of Border Fence construction, El Paso, Texas 
Aerial view of US (left) and Mexico (right) with border fence and construction zig zagging along the Rio Grande outside El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ian Shive. 

The Human Footprint

With Earth Day 2008 behind us, it’s a great time to reflect upon our impact on the planet. Despite the arguments for and against global warming, how can we ignore the other impacts in our daily lives? I wake up in the morning at my home in Los Angeles to find a layer of brown and black soot covering my car – pollution that has settled over night. A woman I talked to while on assignment in Canada mentioned how the bee’s have stopped coming to her garden. Menus in seafood restaurants in Washington D.C. have “sustainable” as part of the wording. “Genetically Modified” is part of the packaging of our meats at the local supermarket. Las Vegas is struggling to find enough fresh water to last just a few more years with no long-term plan in sight. So I say – forget global warming – look at the battles we are fighting just to stay healthy and to maintain our lives as people of this planet. Can it really be so bad to reduce CO2 emissions so our lungs stop breathing it in? Could it be so bad to be more responsible with our chemicals so that the bee’s return to the fields? Like Thomas Paine said during the other great American achievement (independence) – it’s all about common sense.


Photography Presentation at Sierra Club of Los Angeles

The Sierra Club of Los Angeles will be hosting photographer Ian Shive this coming February 11, 2007, for a journey through some of Ian’s images from California and around the world. The event is free and all are welcome to attend. Details are below.

February 11, 2008 @ 7:30pm
Felicia Mahood Center
11338 Santa Monica Boulevard @ Corinth Avenue
Los Angeles, California
**venue is two blocks west of the 405 freeway