Being a successful artist is similar to attempting to light a match in hurricane winds hoping that you can light a fire. Metaphors abound about the difficulties of finding success for sales to replenish supplies and aging equipment. I have been photographing and working on images for the past 50 plus years and continuing this daily practice. At times moving from a classical vision of proportion and design to experimenting and following my creative impulses.
“The camera works to document the external, but more importantly, magnifies the mysteries which exist within one’s self” How does emotion impact memory? How does the familiar slide into the unknown? How do we transform what we see into something vital and essential about the world we share and live in?
Steve’s images start with the ordinary— a line of road paint, a beach scene, the luscious hand-polished finish of a classic automobile from the 1930s. Quite soon, though, they begin to dissolve into a study about our solitary existence, one each of us feels even amidst community and connection with others.
Not just an observer, Steve is present with us, describing and raising questions about what we think we see. His images reveal over and over the metaphorical fog that shrouds our experience, as well as the endless, sometimes overwhelming possibilities. He pinpoints the moment when a profusion of packed color overrides cognition and becomes a graphic abstraction.
There is pathos and humor and wonder in Steve’s juxtapositions, as well as whimsy. Some images are captured on the fly, some highly processed to drive home an emotion or atmosphere. He brings the breadth and keen editing skills of many years of commercial photography to his personal work. His 1970's B+W studies of urban places look back with a romantic view of where America has been, and possibly with humor as to where we are going. Steve thrives on creating fresh and authentic images while he continues to experiment and explore the roads less traveled.
Education: BFA / Massachusetts College of Art and Design
4/21-7/21: Beacon Street Gallery, Brookline, MA: Collective Consciousness: 2 Photographs Selected
2019: Griffin Museum for Photography: The County Fair
2018: Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY: 'Road Paint.'
2017: Catamount Arts: Ranson Gallery, VT: ‘All Roads Lead Home’
2017: Boston Public Library, Jamaica Plain, Ma: ‘Road Paint’
2021: Upcoming: Tales of the Unwritten: Exhibit and book on the world’s best street photography: Trieste, Italy
2021: Upcoming: 2021 National Prize Show: Cambridge Art Association: Juried Group Show: Leaving
2021: Beacon Street Gallery: Collective Consciousness: 2 Images selected
2021: Moakley Federal Court House Gallery, Boston Seaport: The Future is Many Colors, 8 photographs selected
2021: You and Me: Arlington Center for the Arts: Juried Group Show: Reflections
2020: Art Through the Lens 2020: Paducah, Kentucky: Surface Tensions
2020: Frances Roddy Open Juried Competition: Concord Art: Surface Tensions
2020: Cambridge Artists Association: Mary Schein Fall Salon: Sept 9-30
2020: Array Contemporary: AC5: Surface Tensions: Sept 1st-Sept 30th
2020: Beacon Gallery: SOWA: 2-Person Photography Show: Curated by Christine O’Donnell
2020: BSA Space: Architecture of Time Juried Show: 2 Images Selected- 12/19-12/20
2020: WILD: Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA. National Group Juried Exhibition: The County Fair, 01
2020: Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, MN: Juried Group Show: ‘The Streets’: Urban Landscape
2020: Members Prize Show: Cambridge Artist Association: Road Paint: Curated by Jessica Roscio
2020: Galatea Fine Art: Group Photography Show: Dynamic Lenses
2020: Group Show: Cambridge Artists Association ‘Broken Beauty’ Juried Show:
2019: Winter Solstice, Members Show: Griffin Museum of Photography
2019: Photographic Resource Center, Members Show: Altered States
2019: Cambridge Art Association: 2019 Mary Schein Fall Salon: Jurors Award: Altered States
2019: 7th International Call: RI Center for Photographic Arts: Oceans Edge 01 and 04
2019: Landscapes and Seascapes Juried Show: 311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC: Oceans Edge
2019: Dusk to Dawn: Juried Show: NY Center for Photographic Art: Honorable Mention: The County Fair
2019: Davis Orton Gallery: 5th Annual Group Show: Hudson, NY: 'Ocean's Edge'
2019: New England Collective X: Galatea Juried Show: Galatea Fine Arts, Boston: 'Ocean's Edge'
2019: Cambridge Art Association: 2019 National Prize Group Show: Road Paint
2019: MOPLA: Month of Photography Los Angeles: 2- 1970's B+W portrait photographs in Analogue Portrait Project
2019: 12th Annual Gala Awards Show, Barcelona, Spain: 'The County Fair'
2019: Photowork 2019: Barrett Art Center, Juror James Ganz, Senior Curator of Photography of the J Paul Getty Museum, LA: 'Road Paint'
2018: Bronx Documentary Center, Bronx, NY: 'The County Fair'
2018: Secret Gardens, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA: 'Flower Power'
2017- 2018: Arts Connect: Catamount Arts, St Johnsbury, VT.
2017: SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC
2017 Arts Connect: 'Road Paint' 2nd Place, Juried Show, Catamount Arts, St Johnsbury, VT
2016 Art Now: 'Road Paint' New Directions in Contemporary Photography, Ann Arbor Art Center, MI
2016- 6 Bridges Gallery, Maynard, MA, Juried Group Exhibition: Winner: Gallery Award:
2016 Del Rio Council for the Arts / F22 Juried Exhibition on Photography
2016 Danforth Art Annual, Danforth Museum of Art: Juried Group Exhibition
2016 5th Annual Juried Exhibition, Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Lenox, MA
2015: The Fence: 6- ‘Road Paint’ images chosen for Brooklyn, NY, Houston, TX and Atlanta GA 2015 Danforth Art Annual, Danforth Museum of Art: Juried Group Exhibition
2014 Danforth Art Annual, Danforth Museum of Art: Juried Group Exhibition
2013 Grand Prize Winner, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe, NM
2020: 15th Annual B+W Spider Awards: ‘Chairs’ 2nd Place, Merit of Excellence in Abstract category
2020: Vienna International 2020 Photo Awards: Honorable Mention: Inverse Relationships
2020: 14th Annual B&W Spider Awards: Honorable Mention for 5 images in multiple categories.
2019: International Color Awards: Nominee / People / County Fair
2019: 12th Annual Pollux Awards: Winner / Series: People & Daily Life Category
2018: 13th Annual B&W Spider Awards: 3-Honorable Mentions / 4-Nominee
2018: Communication Arts 2018 Photography Annual: Institutional Category
2018: Honorable Mention: Americana: The County Fair; International Color Awards
2018: Winner: Black & White Spider Awards: Architecture
2017: Gold Medal Winner: Graphis Photography Annual 2017, ‘Art of the Automobile’ series
2017: 2nd Place Award, ArtsConnect at Catamount Arts 2nd Annual Juried Show 2017,
2017: Honorable Mention: Architecture: B&W Spider Awards
2016: Gallery Award: 6 Bridges Gallery, Juried Group Exhibition:
2020: Women Art Dealers Blog: https://womenartdealers.org/beacon-gallery-presents-perception-abstraction/
2019: Create Magazine: 'Road Paint'
2018: Eye of Photography photo profile on ‘The County Fair’ series photographs.
2018: Huck Magazine: Interview and photo essay on my 1970's B&W photography of NYC
2018: Boston Voyager: Bostonvoyager.com: Interview and photo’s
2018: Communication Arts: 2018 Photography Annual: Institutional Category
2018: "The County Fair' published online gallery portfolio at The Vision Project.
2018: 'The County Fair' published online gallery at The Social Documentary Network.
2018: B+W Spider Awards, Winner, Architecture
2018: The Weather Channel- Online Story about US Climate Change: Humarock, MA
2017: Chronagram: December 2017 Issue: Road Paint Photograph: Arts & Culture Section
2017: Graphis International 2017 Photography Annual: Gold Award
2017: Seven Days: Art Review: Road Paint: Arts Connect at Catamount Arts Juried Show
2017: Boston Political Protests and Marches' at the Social Documentary Network Presentation at Silver Digital Imaging in Belmont, MA
2017: Published work on Social Documentary Network
2016: CNN Online: Article and Interview about my ‘Car Details’ series of photographs.
2016: Adore Noir: Article and interview on my 1970’s series of Black and White images.
2016: F11 Magazine: Article and interview on my ‘Road Paint’ and ‘Car Details’ series.
2016: Fah Thai Magazine, Profile w/ 2-page spread of photographs, Bangkok, Thailand
2016: Yankee Magazine 2016 Sept/Oct Issue: Vermont Covered Bridge.