Documentaries » Documentaries – Payson Stevens


I started making short experimental movies in 1966 with a 16mm Bolex my mother gave me. As time and resources permitted, I continued to shoot film and made two early professional documentaries, one on Antarctica that aired on PBS (1978). The advent of digital video allowed more freedom and I started shooting 8mm and then Hi-8 for INM CD-ROM content. Shooting short clip outtakes during travel enabled me to create extensive film/video archives. With HD digital video the process continues and I have shot thousands of short outtakes on HD cameras and my iPhone for use in the VideoTonePoems™.


Desert of Life, Sea of Ice, 1978


Voices & Choices

Great Himalayan National Park, 2005


Kullu Health Mela-1

Himachal Child Health Care Project, 2006


Kullu Health Mela-2

My Himachal Child Health Care Project, 2008


The Art of Payson R Stevens

Profile on Indian National television
Doordarshan TV August, 2008

TABO: A Thousand Years of Prayer

Documentary on ancient Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India 2008


Dark Forest

Solo Art Exhibition American Center US Embassy, New Delhi, September 15-25, 2009


EnergyLandscapes Exhibit

SWCC Art Exhibition Southwestern College Art Gallery San Diego, CA, Jan-Feb 2010