In 1981 Steven Brock was awarded a Watson Fellowship to compare medicinal plant use in the Andes and Himalayas. Traveling alone in Peru and Nepal for three years changed his life. He realized quickly that the experience had very little to do with plants and everything to do with people, and that photography was the best way to capture that connection.
Since then Brock has self-published six books of photography using traditional techniques he learned from master binder Omero Benvenuti in Florence. Brock teaches photography and bookbinding in the Bay Area. His work has been published in the New Yorker and his vintage prints are in collections around the world.