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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 was a banner year for Steve Kahn's photography.

In May of 2014 The Hollywood Suites 1974-76, was published by Nazraeli Press.


 

CURRENT PROJECT RECENT WORK ARCHIVE
SHADOWS
Tough urban surfaces where nature makes its marks.
SUBWAY SERIES
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 editions of Steve Kahn's b/w and color photography from the 1970s are represented by Joseph Bellows Gallery.

 

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