McNulty, Stephen

American (1983-)

Sitting at home in suburbia, Stephen McNulty (1983 - ) often dreamt of trekking through the Amazon and finding rare, or possibly undiscovered, fauna. His childhood dreams were realized when he was brought on by a World Bank Special Project in Tarapoto, Perú tracking down the vanishing poison frogs of the rainforest. This was just the one of many amazing sojourns for this young conservation photographer. In Alaska, McNulty worked with the National Park Service to photograph the wild grizzly bear; in New Zealand he traveled extensively to document the changing landscape of this recovering ecosystem; in the Samoan Islands McNulty captured a culture on the brink of Westernization.

An unconventional shooter, he has never studied photography in any formal capacity. His academic career has always focused solely on conservation dynamics and biological issues. In 2002, however, McNulty’s studies began taking him abroad to remarkable and remote regions, where he was afforded time with renowned photographers and cinematographers. These respected lensmen taught Stephen what a powerful tool photography could be in the conservationist’s arsenal. Today, through his own exhibitions, publications, and presentations to young students, Stephen is able to illustrate the evanescent beauty that still exists in the world and show that true wilderness is something worth protecting.