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About Steve


Surrounded in Somalia

Surrounded in Somalia

Steve Simon is an award-winning documentary/street photographer, lecturer, workshop leader and author of five critically acclaimed photography books including The Passionate Photographer, which was chosen as one of Amazon’s “Top Ten Art and Photography Books.”

He has photographed on assignment in more than 40 countries and his work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Colors, Life, Time, Le Monde, Harpers, Macleans, Walrus and many others.

Steve is best known for his work focusing on the human condition, capturing life as he encounters it. He shines a light on important subjects and issues using the power of photography in the hope of facilitating positive change. His documentary work is in major museum collections and he has been featured in solo shows in New York, Buenos Aires, Toronto and Montreal. Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France has showcased Steve’s work three times.

His post 9/11 work Empty Sky has been published by Life Books and a complete set of prints from that project was recently acquired by the 9/11 Memorial Museum for their permanent collection.

Throughout his career he has received numerous awards: The Art Directors Club of New York, Canadian Photojournalist of the Year, National Press Photographers Picture of the Year, Global Health Media Award and PX3 to name a few. He has been profiled by PDN, Digital Photography, Photo Life, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and News Photographer Magazine.

Steve finds particular satisfaction through creating personal work, such as his books Heroines & Heroes: Hope, HIV and Africa, The Republicans, Healing Waters and Empty Sky but he also enjoys the challenge of advertising and editorial work from clients including Nikon, Apple, McDonalds, Sony Music, The Canadian Olympic Committee & SanDisk which help fund the personal projects he is passionate about.

His first experience with a camera was as a kid in his hometown of Montreal where he wandered the streets with his Nikon. He began shooting professionally at 14 and at 17, Steve was writing “How To” photography columns and syndicating them to newspapers across North America, including The New York Times.

Steve has always enjoyed sharing his photographic knowledge with others and he participates as a guest lecturer and workshop leader at various photography events worldwide. He currently resides in New York City where he is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography. He is available for assignments worldwide.

“Photography has been my passport to extraordinary people and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. All I ever wanted to do was take pictures. I’m living the dream.”

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