Stanford Rose was born in Oklahoma, lived in several states as well as France and Africa, but has lived in Oakland the last forty years. He graduated from UC Berkeley in philosophy, followed by a year in graduate school. He is self-taught in photography and digital printing. He became serious about photography ten years ago at age 60 when he bought a cabin in the northern Sierra. He states, "Photographing Nature has led me to a deeper appreciation of its inexhaustible and intricate beauty, has opened up a new way of viewing the world."