Ed Cooper Photography







Ed Cooper Photography

Ed Cooper Photography

Living in the Beautiful Northern California Wine Country of Sonoma.


Ed began photographing seriously in 1957 when he started shooting in a 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 camera. In 1962 he started shooting in 4x5 film format with a view camera, and over the next 50 years built perhaps the largest private library of large format inspirational, mountain and nature images in North America. He began digital photography in 2007, both adding new images, as well as converting old film from the previous decades, to digital form.

Over the years his work has appeared in calendars, greeting cards, church bulletins, posters, his own personal wine country and northern California coast postcard line, and many other commercial uses, as well multiple magazine covers, including a National Geographic of July, 1977. He also has a number of mountain and nature books to his credit, and was a pioneer rock climber in his early years making many first ascents, including one on El Capitan, in 1962, all before most modern climbing gear had been invented. His work strongly reflects this climbing heritage.

Many of these images are now available for viewing as low-res j-pegs, but all images are backed up by hi-res images of up to 280 MB or larger, for super sharp enlargements and reproductions. Exhibition quality prints are also available for collectors

In Ed's words: Reviewing my almost 60 years in photography, there are tens of thousands of images. I am in the process now of scanning to digital form some of the best of these images. The good news is that I will never run out of interesting work to do. The not-so-good news is that I will never accomplish all that I would like to do in the years that are left to me. Where did it all start? Iíll try to give a short synopsis below.

I was born in upper New York State. My first 16 years were rather uneventful, although I did have one interesting encounter with photography. One of my fatherís friends gave me an inexpensive enlarger, and I remember that I became fascinated watching images appear on photographic paper as they were developed in the darkroom. Soon, my interest waned as I became involved in teen angst. The problem: there was no photographic subject which aroused my passion.

That all changed when I was 16. On a momentís notice, I went out west with my sister with no idea of what to expect. Besides going to Yellowstone National Park (where a bear climbed into the open door of our car to steal food) and Jackson Hole and the Tetons, we went to Washington and hired a guide to take us up Mt. Rainier. Upon reflection, after climbing it, I realized that this was a turning point in my life. The mountains were to be my future destiny.

One thing led to another. I switched colleges: from Cornell University to the University of Washington to be closer to the mountains. Almost every weekend contained a mountain adventure somewhere. In 1958 I made a climb of Mt. McKinley in Alaska. Further, I found that capturing images of my adventures became as important as the adventures themselves.

My climbs became more difficult, including first ascents in the North Cascades of Washington, a climb of the notorious Willis Wall on Mt. Rainier, and a new route on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley (the Dihedral Wall, in 1962). My interest in photography advanced at the same pace. I bought my first 4x5 camera, a Speed Graphic, in 1962.

In every life there are steps backwards as your ideal life style is interrupted. My bugaboo was moneyÖ.I didnít have any. I got a job as a stockbroker with a Wall Street firm. How I hated it! At 30 years old, after saving some money, I resigned from my job as a stockbroker where I had to wear a business costume (as I called it) every day, and never looked back!

It wasnít long before my interest in photography outpaced my interest in doing difficult (and sometimes dangerous) climbs. I progressed to a 5x7 view camera and even an 8x10 view camera. I jury-rigged a way to shoot powerful telephoto shots in the large format, an ability not available at that time. I started shooting photos at a furious pace. One day in the Tetons in the 1970ís, I shot over 100 4x5 chromes in one day. I visited almost every major mountain range in North America.

Along the way I met Debby Page. She became my wife and life partner in 1968 and has assisted for many years in our sales of stock photography. (She has even become a reasonably good photographer herself.) We now have two adult children, and four grandchildren, with a fifth due in a few months. We take a couple of trips a year; we BOTH shoot pictures, focusing on out-of-the-way areas, leaving to the crowds places like Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and other high-traffic areas.

I have written three books, and my photos have appeared in at least 100 more. I also had a cover on National Geographic Magazine (July 1977). I now shoot in digital format. It is much easier on my back not having to carry some 25 pounds or more of photo gear. Only one drawback: the new images have nowhere near the megapixel size of the 4x5 format. I scan 4x5 images at 2400 dpi, giving an image size of about 280 megabytes. This means that you can enlarge one of my scanned images to 30x40 inches and still be at 300 dpi (dots per inch).

Of course, there is a lot more to my life than written here; that story is told in Soul of the Heights, 50 Years Going to the Mountains, published in 2007 by Globe Pequot Press.
Coming soon...


2M6633 Storm over Yosemite by Ed Cooper Photography


T-31501 Gorge on Cornell University Campus by Ed Cooper Photography


D8B6310 Jack London Vineyard by Ed Cooper Photography


D8b6309 Fall Colors in Jack London Vineyard by Ed Cooper Photography


D8B6308 Toyon Plant AKA Christmas Berry by Ed Cooper Photography


d8b6307 Eucalyptus Trees Jack London State Park by Ed Cooper Photography


D8B6306 Jack London's Grand Piano by Ed Cooper Photography


2b6344 Haraszthy Aging Cellars Reflect by Ed Cooper Photography


2B6343 Buena Vista Tasting Room Entrance by Ed Cooper Photography


2B6342 Buena Vista Winery Sonoma by Ed Cooper Photography


T-902406 Harry Rowed at original Berg Lake Chalet by Ed Cooper Photography


202015 Three story Log Skyscraper by Ed Cooper Photography


136201-A Sunrise From Cadillac Mountain by Ed Cooper Photography


D8B6305 Sunburst Through Large Oak Jack London State Historic Park by Ed Cooper Photography


D8B6301 Signs on Sonoma Plaza Thanking Fire Fighters after Wine Country Fires by Ed Cooper Photography


D8B6302 Pampas Grass at my Home by Ed Cooper Photography


D7B6398 Sunrise on Last Day of Wine Country Fires H by Ed Cooper Photography


D7B6397 Sunrise on Last Day of Winre Country Fires V by Ed Cooper Photography


D3A6611 Mt. Shasta by Ed Cooper Photography


D2M6312 Devils Postpile National Monument by Ed Cooper Photography


D2M6311 Rainbow Falls by Ed Cooper Photography


2M6705 Sentinel Rock in Autumn by Ed Cooper Photography


1N6304 Tueeulala Falls in The Other Yosemite Valley by Ed Cooper Photography


1N6317 Sunset on Kolana Rock Yosemite by Ed Cooper Photography


1M6760 Sunset on Sentinel Rock by Ed Cooper Photography


1M6702 Historic Jeffrey Pine Sentinel Dome Yosemite by Ed Cooper Photography


1M6578E El Capitan Nose Fall by Ed Cooper Photography


1M1733 Mt. Drum in Autumn by Ed Cooper Photography


126221 Miners Castle at Pictured Rocks by Ed Cooper Photography


TM6204 Sunrise over Emerald Bay by Ed Cooper Photography


MM6812 Hamilton Dome by Ed Cooper Photography


2M6507 Taft point and Yosemite Valley by Ed Cooper Photography


2M6503 Yosemite Falls and Juniper Stump by Ed Cooper Photography


T04402 Beckey and Hieb after Forbidden Peak 1st Ascent by Ed Cooper Photography


136215 Bass Harbor Head Lightbouse by Ed Cooper Photography


M-M6702 Pygmy Owl in Yosemite by Ed Cooper Photography


DN6804 Desert Tarantula by Ed Cooper Photography


DN6237 Sunrise on Sierra Buttes Reflect by Ed Cooper Photography


DN6226 Flower Gone to Seed by Ed Cooper Photography


D2M6463 Timosea Peak by Ed Cooper Photography


D2M6450 Mt. Whitney and Rabbit Brush by Ed Cooper Photography


3M6340 Crystal Crag in Autumn by Ed Cooper Photography


2M6856 North Dome in Autumn by Ed Cooper Photography


1M6757A Quarter Domes Yosemite by Ed Cooper Photography


606725 Thunderhead over El Capitan by Ed Cooper Photography


5MM6408 Fin Dome Reflect by Ed Cooper Photography


3M6333 Sunburst over Garnet Lake and Banner Peak by Ed Cooper Photography


3M6369 Bear Creek Spire Reflect by Ed Cooper Photography