Wide-field narrow-band and broad-band imaging with large ground-based telescopes have considerable promise. Narrow-band and broad-spectral-band studies of the sky areas already earmarked for multi-wave observation is one useful approach. It is already been successful in the Hubble Deep Fields. Such imaging photometry has already turned up distant galaxies, especially at z = 5.7 and z = 6.6 (airglow windows for narrow-band studies). We know of several groups planning to search for Ly emitters at the highest redshifts available to CCD detectors ( 9200 Å; z = 6.6). A more ambitious plan would be to utilize IR detectors at the best (OH-band-free) sky windows in J band ( 12, 000 Å; z = 9). Exploration of the interval 6.6 z 9 should bring us to the edge of the re-ionization epoch where the first stars and quasars began to ionize (again) the halos around collections of dark matter and baryons. A schematic cartoon (Pentericci et al. 2002b) is shown by Loeb & Barkana (2001). Is it realistic? We'll hope that very distant galaxy images and spectra will tell us about very early star formation at the end of the long "dark age". At this time it is uncertain as to whether the first luminous and ionizing objects were star-forming galaxies! But something or some process began star-formation through the darkness and led to the formation of young stars and young galaxies. We may soon barely detect these faint "first galaxies" with our telescopes and intellects.
I thank Curt Manning, Steve Dawson, Arjun Dey, Mark Dickinson, Ikuru Iwata, Emily Landes, Scott Chapman, and Dan Stern for help with the science, and with this manuscript . I acknowledge the support from NSF Grant AST-0097163.