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"I am  not a spiritual person. But I like to think that an underlying field of unity permeates all of creation. The ideal photograph for me speaks of  the common bond that unites us to each other,  and to the natural world. Subject, light, and composition are some of the tools to accomplish that goal. Perhaps the arrangement of things in an artistic composition is like  the arrangement of elements in nature – each one is vital and contributes to the orderly functioning of the whole."

Publications and Work

Frank Staub is a free-lance photographer and writer specializing in nature, animals, foreign cultures, and adventure sports. His photographs have received a number of awards and have appeared in hundreds of publications. He has authored numerous magazine articles and audiovisual productions. In the early days of mountain biking, he was a contributing editor at both Mountain Bike and Mountain Bicycling Magazines. More recently he did the photography for 33 children’s books on subjects ranging from manatees to mountain goats and Yucatan to the Yellowstone fires. He wrote 29 of these books which received eight national awards. 

Among his passions that he pursues photographically are sustainable construction and lifestyles,  nature, ridding the American desert of the horribly invasive plant known as buffelgrass; and a long-term project titled "Here Today" with the Implication that what's in the pictures could be gone or very different tomorrow.  Recently he received a "Volunteer of the Year" award from the Tucson Mountain Association. 

As a young man, Frank worked seven seasons as a whitewater guide on the Arkansas River in Colorado and wrote a detailed guidebook titled The Upper Arkansas - Rapids, History, and Nature, with contributions by Peter Anderson. He also worked as a lifeguard, truck driver, railroad track laborer, veterinary assistant, and high school science teacher.  In the mid-1980's he served as president of the Salida, Colorado chapter of the National Audubon Society. 


Frank received varsity letters in soccer and wrestling and the Holden Award for soccer at Cheltenham High School near Philadelphia, and was named to the All-league Soccer Team and the Coaches Suburban Soccer First Team. He was chairman of the Ecology Action Group, a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Leadership Fraternity, on the Dean's List, and awarded varsity letters in wrestling and track at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelor of Science in biology. He also earned a Master of Science in Zoology at the University of Rhode Island. His master's thesis research was titled “The Effects of Osmotic Variation on Serum Electrolyte Levels and on the Structure and Histochemistry of the Salt-Secreting (lacrimal) gland of the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)".


Frank climbed all 54 mountains higher than 14,000 feet in Colorado, all 48 peaks above 4,000 feet in New Hampshire, Mt Rainier, Mt Hood, Mt Whitney,  Half Dome, Picacho Del Diablo (highest peak in Baja, Mexico), and received 6 peak-bagging awards from the Southern Arizona Hiking Club. He solo backpacked the 217 mile John Muir Trail, traveled by bicycle solo from Seattle to the Mexican border, and did a one-week solo mountain bike trip in Canyonlands' Maze District, in addition to many other backpacking, rafting, kayaking, and bicycling adventures.

Current Home

Frank currently lives just outside of Tucson, Arizona where he built an off-the-grid strawbale house with solar electricity, passive solar heating, composting toilets, earthen plastered interior walls, and rainwater harvesting for all the home's water needs. The house was built to minimize its visual impact on the dramatically beautiful location where it sits at the border of Saguaro National Park.

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