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Fine Art Photography

Photography was not what I learned in school, but I studied it like a language and got my experience on the street, shooting what was around me, following a tradition of reportage image making. I did not find this very satisfying and soon broke from tradition with the production of my first monograph Stasis. That was followed by The Hollywood Suites, a 3-year exploration of rooms in old tenament buildings in a run-down section of Hollywood. I first photographed genre nudes, then focused on the rooms themselves, isolating key architectural elements, exploring inside/outside relationships and the perception of space itself.

Moving to New York in 1986 changed everything for me. Except for a photo essay of Chemical Plants in 1989, I worked almost exclusively as commercial photographer.

In 2002 I returned to the art arena with a comprehensive group of portraits entitled Subway Series.

During my last 3 years in Brooklyn I was working on Shadows, a project consisting of photograhs of tree images projected arcoss the rough-textured urban canvas of concrete and asphalt.

With a solo show of vintage prints from The Hollywood Suites at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla celebrating a new representation agreement and participation in Silver Curtain, a stunning, provacative group show at the Stephen Wirtz Gallery in SF, 2012 kick-started renewed interest in my work.

In May of 2014 The Hollywood Suites 1974-76, was published by Nazraeli Press, followed by Corridors in 2015, a Nazreali Press 1-Picture Book.

Corridors 1979/2013

Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla CA
May 16 - July 3, 2015

The Hollywood Suites 1974-76

Published May, 2014
ISBN 978-1-59005-385-0
Nazraeli Press Library Series

Published July, 2015
ISBN 978-1-59005-425-3
Nazraeli Press 1-Picture Book


Tough urban surfaces where nature makes its marks.
An intimate portrait of NYC as mirrored in the faces of its subway riders.
FROM TRAINS 1981-1984
Blurred images of a landscape rushing past my train window.

Vintage print editions of Steve Kahn's photography from the 1970s are represented by Joseph Bellows Gallery.


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