Susan Silberberg-Peirce was born in Santa Monica, California. She grew up in Los Angeles and attended UCLA where she studied art and art history, receiving her Ph.D. in Greek and Roman art. Throughout her years as a student and instructor, she was interested in photography and utilized her own images in the classroom and for publication. She taught art history for eighteen years at universities in Arizona and Colorado and in both places, photographed architecture, archaeological sites and the natural world.
She received various grants and fellowships during her years as a professor that allowed her to travel and document historic architecture and ancient sites abroad. Canyonlights World Art Image Bank grew out of the collections of slides taken during this period. Her experience working at the Photo Archives of the Getty Center for the Arts and Humanities helped her to organize her own archive that today supplies images to scholars, libraries and universities worldwide.
Today she lives in the Little Thompson River Valley northwest of Boulder, Colorado. She has been working to protect this historic and archaeologically rich riparian river corridor and wildlife habitat. Her photographs of the Little Thompson have been exhibited and sold to help this unique area from destruction as a dam site. She has lectured and participated in forums about environmental photography.
Silberberg-Peirce's photographs have been exhibited internationally and have appeared in a number of publications, including Photographer's Forum, Best of Photography Annual, Zoom Magazine, American Rivers Calendar, Art History Journal, Woman's Art Journal, Redstone Review, The Encyclopedia of North American Indians and Stories of the Ancient Americas. Online, her work has been featured on NewWest.net. Her work is included in collections worldwide.
With the advent of the digital darkroom, Silberberg-Peirce began digitizing her own images and working with them in PhotoShop. With the use of Epson Photo Printers and archival inks and papers, she prints her own works for sale. She uses both 35mm and digital cameras to create her images. She is also teaching individual classes and group workshops in all aspects of digital photography.
She says, I have been privileged to travel to some of the most beautiful and ancient sites in the Western Hemisphere. At these places, I have been intrigued by the ambiguities of openings and passages natural and constructed transitional zones which one can physically and spiritually transcend. Canyons, rivers and plains hold the same fascination for me: rock walls and rushing water, expansive vistas and brilliant skies, shifting light and ephemeral reflections. These places nurture the soul.