Born: 1956 San Diego, California
Lives and works in Alameda, California
Stephen Molnar, Jr moved to San Francisco in 1980. He studied photography while working at Columbus Camera in North Beach
In 2009-2010 he created the Trona Pinnacles series. These large tufa formations on an ancient lakebed known as Searles lake on the western edge of the Mojave Desert were formed when calcium-rich springs seeped into alkaline-rich lake water just as they are still being formed at Mono Lake. The Trona Pinnacles were formed between 10,000 and 100,000 years ago and cover about four square miles. The largest is 140 feet tall. The Trona Pinnacles series consists of thirteen images.
In 2003-2004, he travelled to the Mojave Desert. During numerous trips, he documented the remote desert places most visitors overlook. The solitude and beauty of the desert are captured in this body of work, part of the exhibition Mostly California. This series consists of ten images.
In 2002-2003 he took a large format camera and photographed the Sacramento Delta. This project led to an exhibition in June 2003 of this series of panoramic images. There are twelve images in this series.
1975-1979 US Navy Honorable Discharge
The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
2011 Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2010 Aqua Art Miami, Miami Beach, FL
2010 Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2009 Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL
2007 Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2004 Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2003 Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA