Scott Sternbach has been interested in photography since early childhood. His great grandfather and grandfather were both avid photographers and this inspired him to begin taking photographs by the time he was 10 years old. Sternbach had a darkroom at 11 and had income in his early teens shooting slides of artwork for artists. After studying with Arnold Gassan at Ohio University he returned to New York and studied with Lisette Model at The New School for Social Research.
Over the course of the past 30+ years, Sternbach's work has been published in The New York Times, Swiss Jazz Magazine, and New York Magazine, and has also been featured in over 60 credits on CD and record jackets, and in numerous editorial spreads. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the American Cultural Center, in Senegal, Dakar and National Geographic Museum, Washington, D.C.
Sternbach has traveled extensively to document undiscovered places in Mexico, remote areas of the Yukon Territory, Alaska, Costa Rica and the Antarctic. He was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers grant in May of 2008. The work produced from his 3 month residency in Antarctica has been exhibited extensively. Sternbach has presented the work to the passengers on board the National Geographic Endeavour, for students at Yeshiva University, for CUNY faculty and students and a variety of local venues. Selections from the Antarctic project were included in “Finding Work” a group exhibition at Gallatin Gallery (NYU) in November 2009. The Antarctic project was on exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History through January 2011 and has become part of a traveling exhibition that will last ten years. Sternbach has self-published a monograph of the work titled, "Antarctic Souls”.