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.
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Tough urban surfaces where nature makes its marks.
An intimate portrait of NYC as mirrored in the faces of its subway riders.
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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.