Ashly Stohl is a photographer  based in Los Angeles and New York, and co-founder and Publisher of Peanut Press, an independent photobook publisher.

She was born and raised in the City of Angels. She earned a BS in chemistry from UCSB, but spent more time with the creative crowd from Brooks Institute of Photography. After college, she returned to L.A. and put her science education to use, creating award-winning educational websites for NASA’s Mars Program Office.

She embraced photography as an escape from the demands of being a mother, yet motherhood is the inescapable lens through which she views her subjects. She examines community as an extension of the family, and believes that the families and people create for themselves can be as revealing as the ones to which they were born.

Ashly has lectured at institutions including The Penumbra Foundation, Columbia University, George Washington University, and SPE National.  In 2015, she published her first book, Charth Vader, and it became a viral sensation. Ashly and now lends her experience to other photographers, publishing through Peanut Press.


Virginia Museum of Fine Art
Yale University
University of Buffalo
Emory University
University of Victoria
Lafayette College
University of Denver
Washington University in St. Louis


Elizabeth Avedon, Best Photography Books of 2015
Huffington Post, Meet Charth Vader,The 7-Year-Old ‘Villain’ Who Will Melt Your Cold And Icy Heart, October, 2015
Feature Shoot, Meet Charth Vader, a Little Boy Who’s Mastered the Force, October, 2015
Lenscratch, The Ashly Stohl Interview: Charth Vader, October, 2015
Black + White Magazine (UK), American Connection, by Susan Burnstine, July 2015
Rangefinder Magazine, Ashly Stohl Captures Her Super Hero Son, June, 2014
PDN, Emerging Photographer, Ashly Stohl’s Charth Vader, March, 2014

Selected Exhibitions

2017 Photobook Exhibition at Athens Photobook Festival, Athens, Greece
2017, In With the New, Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, Texas
2016 22nd Juried Show, Peter Urban Legacy Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, Massachusetts, Curator: Elizabeth Avedon
2016 Indie Photobook Showcase, Candela Books & Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
2014 Masquerade, New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, Curator: Aline Smithson
2012 Simply, Center for Fine Art Photography, Curator: Louise Clements
2012 Harmonious Tableau, ADC Contemporary Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California