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Ian Shive — photographer, author, film and television producer, conservationist, and innovative businessman — has been praised as the “leading chronicler of America’s national parks.”

Shive’s passion for photography has led him to scale heights that most veteran photographers have yet to reach, resulting in him becoming one of the most published nature photographers in the world. An inquisitive and tireless explorer, he has worked on assignment with some of the largest and most impactful environmental nonprofits and government agencies in the world, including the Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2001, he was honored with the prestigious Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography.

In addition to his photography, Shive is a filmmaker and cinematographer whose work has appeared on television, in film festivals, and in multimedia campaigns throughout the United States. In 2015, Shive led a team of filmmakers and scientists on a groundbreaking expedition in Cuba for a segment on Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” He recently partnered with the Sierra Club to produce two films for a national conservation campaign, “Chasing the Distance” and “The Land We Defend,” and with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to document America’s urban wildlife refuges and the Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, timed to coincide with the 75th commemoration of the Battle of Midway. He is currently directing a new film, Hidden Pacific, which will bring the Pacific Ocean’s protected and remote national wildlife refuge islands and marine national monuments to giant screen and IMAX® theaters.  

The National Parks: Our American Legacy (2015) and The National Parks: Our American Landscape (2011), two of Shive’s best-selling photography books, have played a role in shaping environmental diplomacy efforts throughout the world and heightened awareness of our national parks and the National Park Service. His images of majestic landscapes, intimate portraits of nature, and people enjoying the outdoors have appeared in Outside, National Geographic, Sunset, Travel + Leisure, the New York Times, and many other well-known media outlets. In his role as a conservationist, Shive has lobbied before Congress numerous times, including as part of a team on behalf of the impact on the environment by the border fence in Mexico, and he has twice presented his images to capacity crowds at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

A studied and innovative pioneer of new standards in photography, motion picture, and protecting the rights of photographers, Shive extended his mark on the photography industry as the founder and CEO of Tandem Stills + Motion, a leading visual media company that provides premium photographs, film footage, and digital asset management for the nature, outdoor adventure, healthy living, and travel industries. Representing a global community of photographers and an extensive collection of images and videos, Tandem Stills + Motion is used by media outlets, companies, and conservation organizations throughout the world for press coverage and promotional campaigns. Tandem Film is the company’s full-service video and post-production arm, producing content that visually engages and brings clients’ visions to life. As a pioneer in the management of digital files, Tandem Vault provides a cloud-based service for clients and companies seeking to house their assets in a modern environment. As one of the first digital asset management systems in the world to seamlessly integrate photos, graphic files, and video in one environment, it has quickly gained market share and a high-end client list. The company’s photographer-centric business model has been highlighted in respected art and photography organizations around the country, including the American Society of Media Photographers, the National Press Photographers Association, the New York Times, and Wired.com.

Shive is based in Los Angeles. 


What OtherS say about Ian

Not only does Ian Shive have a unique lens to outdoor photography, he also possesses an uncanny ability to identify a unique and captivating photo. His determination to weather time and the elements in search of the perfect frame is complemented by his humility and respect for his colleagues in the field. A warm and engaging individual with a great sense of humor, collaborating with Ian is always a joy.
— Raoul Goff, President & Publisher, Insight Editions
Ian is the triple threat of photographers - extremely talented, professional, and nice to work with. He always goes the extra mile.
— Adina LoBiondo, Senior Photo Editor, Sierra Magazine
Ian’s passion for the connection with nature comes out in his images time and time again and it truly touches the viewer’s love and connection of it as well.
— Cat Aboudara, Smithsonian
Few photographers can capture portraits, wildlife, landscapes, and those perfect little detail shots, but Ian does it all. When we need someone to visit a national park and create images that illustrate iconic places in new ways, we call Ian.
— Scott Kirkwood, Editor in Chief, National Parks Magazine
Ian Shive has shot numerous assignments for Nature Conservancy magazine and for the Conservancy’s Annual Report and California chapter over the past decade. His work significantly supports our visual brand and is valued greatly by TNC.
I personally really love Ian’s landscape images. They evoke a wonderful sense of place, with colors and compositions that are lovely and experiential. he understands the lands and waters that he photographs and incorporates important storytelling features into the images so they convey important information in addition to being visually pleasing.
— Melissa Ryan, The Nature Concervancy

In the Field with Ian Shive