Joe's Place at Visions of America

Exploring the Beauty of America and its History, Democracy and Photography

About Joseph Sohm of Visions of America

Joseph Sohm is an American history teacher turned photo-historian. Over 30 years, he photographed the 50 states and has published his images more than 50,000 times in such publications as National Geographic, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal, as well as on CNN, ABC, PBS and MSNBC.

His photograph of President Clinton is featured on the back-cover of his book My Life and in his Presidential Library. Sohm’s images are featured in Frederick J. Ryan’s portrait of Ronald Reagan, The Great Communicator; in Bill Maher’s Real Time; in Al Gore’s Oscar-winning film An Inconvenient Truth; in NBC’s 9/11 memorial, Concert for America; on the Today Show and on the cover of John Grisham’s novel King of Torts.

His image was chosen for both the covers of Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report for the contested 2000 Presidential Election. The U.S. Department of State displays his work in more than ten embassies worldwide.

C-SPAN’s BOOK TV aired Mr. Sohm’s speech from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. He has been a keynote speaker at more than 100 colleges, universities and trade associations across America. He and his work have been profiled in Esquiremagazine, USA TodayThe Los Angeles TimesThe New York TimesThe San Francisco Examiner and at the NEWSEUM Museum in Washington, D.C.  Sohm produced the 1993 Presidential Inaugural music-video for MTV, which aired worldwide.

Since 1978, Joseph Sohm has made keynote speeches and multimedia presentations to more than 100 venues across America. He is represented by Cathryn Armstrong of Experience Partners (; phone: 978-610-2525


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