I want to tell you how much I enjoyed your workshop. Your work is absolutely amazing and inspiring. You really challenged me to step outside my comfort area in many ways. I never enjoyed photographing people, thinking it was too invasive and too personal. I must admit I still have those thoughts, however I'm challenging myself to push beyond. Especially when I began to look around and see how many great photos are there. You also helped me remember to be patient, to wait for the right moment with the right light and then to keep going beyond when I think I already have the shot. Sometimes that's where the best photo reveals itself. It's that extra time and effort that can really have wonderful results. Your workshop is something I'll remember for a very long time and makes me even more passionate about photography.more
Dear Apple Campus Lectures:
Thanks for The Photography Tour you sponsored at The Ohio State University on April 10. I especially appreciated that the bulk of the program was devoted to a presentation by a professional photographer who uses Aperture. Steve Simon hit the sweet spot, using Aperture to good effect for his presentation, pointing out particularly valuable features of the program, but placing most of his emphasis on talking to fellow photographers about photography.
Simon’s talk was inspiring. By themselves, the individual photos were technically masterful and aesthetically breathtaking, and Simon’s ability to recognize and capture compelling human stories in a photo essay was as unique as the stories were moving. I also appreciated his generous, frank, and funny stories about his efforts to establish himself as a professional documentary photographer. You are fortunate to have him as a partner on The Photography Tour.more
As the author of the Strobist blog, books just show up in the mailbox and doorstep several times a week. To be honest, far more often than I would like -- as Strobist is generally not a book review blog. Luckily for me, one of this week's crop was an advance copy of Steve Simon's The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great.
Simon's experience in his genre (documentary photography) rivals McNally's as a lighting photographer. But what makes this book special is Simon's ability to get his tenets across to the reader with clarity as well as passion. The bullet points in the promotional copy above give you a sense of what the book contains, and I won't repeat them here. But they really do not give the book justice.
This book is very hard to describe in a single sentence. The best I can do is this: Passionate Photographer is to the fieldcraft and compass point of being a photographer as Joe McNally's books are to small-flash lighting. And that is saying a lot. Suffice to say that "The Passionate Photographer" is one of the most inspirational books I have...more
I see America At The Edge as one of those rare photographic projects with the power to alter the perceptions of large numbers of viewers across a wide cultural and geographic spectrum. These images, once made available within the communities they depict, may actually have the eloquence and political potency to alter the attitudes, prejudices and biases of thousands of individuals”.
David Friend, Former Life Magazine Photo Editor Current Director of Creative Development for Vanity Fair
“It is not about an enslaved America but rather a country of different nationalities, concepts of beauty and experiences”.
Eugene Richards, Photographer, Brooklyn, NY
“I can say without reservation, that I have rarely seen work as dynamic and original. It is a major, even dazzling, undertaking of enormous artistic, sociological and political dimensions”more
Somehow, Steve Simon was able to create photographs of the event that stand apart from all others--stunning, unique, intelligent and thought-provoking images which help us to consider the very health of our democracy".
“Steve Simon set to work to capture, in stark, disturbing and yet often ruefully funny black and white photographs, images of that summer's Republican Convention. The book is a terrifying tour de force: half circus, half Armageddon. It's tempting to think of Republicans as inevitably easy to caricature, but there are shots here of a tumult of true believers all tinctured to death with memories -- of 9/11, of Iraq, abortion phobia and of God's once being on their side -- that make your blood run cold.”more
Cartier-Bresson once said that taking photographs is “putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis”. This is the feeling you get when looking at Steve Simon pictures. Each image has a strong and striking composition that connects with its subject and tells a story that comes from a true alignment of head, eye and heart. While HIV and Aids, by necessity, permeates much of the story, what comes through again and again is Simon’s love of Africa and its people. He has concentrated on rural villages, where fertile plains stretch out to the mountains, and the clouds hang low in the vast skies; where the colors in people’s blankets and shawls glow bright. It is remembering and capturing the beauty of the landscape and the people, that this tragedy and violation of this incurable disease is brought acutely into consciousness.more
Your photographs are sensitive and convey the spiritual quality of Lac Ste. Anne and the deep faith of the pilgrims. With your photography, you have conveyed the special quality of this healing place. Please let us know how your latest project on the states bordering Canada is progressing. I think the idea is fascinating and I shall look forward to seeing your interpretation of our nearest American neighbors.more
Témoin troublant de la catastrophe du 11 septembre 2001, l’album de photos Empty Sky est un document unique. On sait à quel point l’absence d’un être ou d’un objet qui faisait depuis tou- jours partie de notre quotidien peut être bouleversante. Cette perte peut être d’autant plus dou- loureuse qu’elle est subite, et qu’elle témoigne d’une horreur et d’une violence hors du commun, comme ce fut le cas lors de l’effondrement des tours du World Trade Center. Photographe cana- dien vivant à Manhattan, Steve Simon n’était pas dans sa ville d’adoption en cette matinée fati- dique du 11 septembre 2001. Quand il y est revenu, les décombres fumaient encore et, en voyant les passants venus par milliers se recueillir, le photographe n’a pu s’empêcher de sortir son appa- reil. “Je commençais à prendre des photos – c’est mon métier après tout –, mais sans trop savoir pourquoi. Je comprenais toutefois que les gens qui se tenaient devant moi et mon objectif étaient en train de ressentir les vibrations d’un lieu et d’un moment sans précédent dans l’Histoire. Cer- taines personnes pleuraient,...more