Stephen Alvarez is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker covering stories on archaeology, exploration, culture, and adventure. He has published more than a dozen feature stories for National Geographic magazine, traveling on assignment from the highest peaks in the Andes to some of the planet’s deepest caves.
His latest National Geographic story, “The Origins of Art” (January 2015), led from early human sites on the southern coast of Africa to Paleolithic art caves in Europe, including Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc in southeastern France. Moved by the power of humanity’s earliest artworks, Alvarez founded the non-profit Ancient Art Archive, which is dedicated to using the photography and the newest image-based VR technology to explore, preserve and share humanity’s oldest artworks.
Stephen is also a frequent consultant and commentator on how new photographic technology is changing the world; in 2016, he set out to photograph the seven natural wonders of the world using Microsoft smartphones. His images have won awards in Pictures of the Year International and Communication Arts, and have been exhibited at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France.