Steve Zmak captures the essence of California and the West through photography that speaks to the soul. He’s had a camera in his hands and B&W photography in his heart since elementary school. He’s lived in the coastal regions of California throughout his life from San Diego to the Monterey Bay, and is an environmental activist with the same chapter of the Sierra Club that was founded by Ansel Adams.
Once a film shooter, Zmak is almost entirely digital now, and shoots both color and B&W (including infrared) with an emphasis on landscape and nature photography. Zmak’s primary influences come from Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, John Sexton, Richard Garrod, and William Giles for his B&W work, and Galen Rowell, Al Weber, David Gubernick and Andy Goldsworthy for his color. His latest portfolio, Expressions of Infinity, uses photography to tell a science fiction story about Earth’s natural history and the lost galaxy where its life originated. Zmak’s photos have been recognized by the California State Parks Foundation, Center for Photographic Art, International Black & White Spider Awards, International Color Awards, COLOR Magazine, B+W Magazine, Arts Council for Monterey County, and Monterey Museum of Art. Zmak has been a member of the ImageMakers of Monterey since 2004, teaches workshops in the local vineyards and state parks, and founded 2 youth photography camps.
Zmak is the producer and host of the public access TV show, West Coast Focus, a 1-hour monthly panel discussion about photography in the Monterey area. The program includes distinguished guest photographers, recorded interviews and documentaries, and at least 100 photos per episode.
Zmak is also an award-winning commercial advertising photographer and graphic designer specializing in wine and vineyard-themed imagery, conceptual photography, aerial photography, logo design, wine label design, book layout, and website design.