Karen Strom spent her professional career as an astronomer, retiring in 1999. She worked at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Kitt Peak National Observatory and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. During the last part of this period, she became interested in electronic publication and using the WorldWideWeb to create interactive visualization tools for concepts that were difficult to teach.
Karen began photographing in 1978. She studied both the history of photography and silver and non-silver photography in studio courses with Todd Walker at the University of Arizona. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and is held in several permanent collections.
In addition to her photography for exhibition on gallery walls, she is also working on electronic publication, having produced two interactive books for the iBookstore, Sticks and Stones: an alphabet book for the 21st century, and An Armchair Traveler's Guide to Death Valley. She also has made 5 portfolios of her work available as digital books in the iBookstore and produced an iBook catalog for an exhibit at the Tucson Museum of Art.