Steve Damascus

Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate



My journey

My journey began in 1973.  Processing black and white film.  Unwinding a still-wet roll of film, fixer running down my forearm, dripping off my elbow.  Marveling at the images.  It was alchemy of the highest order; magic to a 12-year-old.  The die was cast and I've never looked back.

To avoid boring you with un-necessary details, I've worked as a professional photographer, trade-show photographer, newspaper photojournalist, camera salesman and darkroom technician.

I would like to think my work has been influenced by Minor White, Jerry Burchard, Edward Weston and Art Kane.  I challenge myself to produce work that is uncommon in the current ocean of digital art.

When I need inspiration, I open my favorite photography books; "Darkroom" and "Darkroom 2" by Lustrum Press and "Minor White: A Living Remembrance" by Aperture. If those fail, I channel Dennis Hopper's character "Photojournalist" from "Apocalypse Now".



A big thanks to my friend and fellow photographer Scott Emery for my Dennis Hopper photo!

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My concern

"(on animal rights) The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?"
-- Jeremy Bentham

"It is man's concern for all living creatures that truly makes him human."
-- Albert Schweitzer



Recommended reading

  • Aperture.  Minor White: A Living Rememberance.  Millertown, New York: Silver Mountain Foundation
  • Bach, Richard.  Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A Story.  Macmillian & Co., New York, New York, 1970
  • Bunnell, Peter C., ed.  Edward Weston: On Photography.  Gibbs M. Smith Books, Salt Lake City, UT, 1983
  • Danziger, James & Conrad III, Barnaby.  Interviews With Master Photographers.  New York: Paddington Press Ltd.
  • Edward Weston: Portraits.  Aperture Press, New York, NY, 1995
  • Erwitt, Elliott  Masters of Contemporary Photography: The Private Experience.  Alskog, Inc., 1974-1975
  • Fusco & McBride  Masters of Contemporary Photography: The Photo Essay.  Alskog, Inc., 1974-1975
  • Hattersley, Ralph  Discover Your Self Through Photography.  Morgan & Morgan, Inc. 1979
  • Kane, Art  Masters of Contemporary Photography: The Persuasive Image.  Alskog, Inc., 1974-1975
  • Kelly, Jain, ed. 1978.  Darkroom 2.  Lustrum Press
  • Leibovitz & Mark  Masters of Contemporary Photography: The Photojournalist.  Alskog, Inc., 1974-1975
  • Lewis, Eleanor, ed. 1977.  Darkroom.  Lustrum Press.
  • Lyons, Nathan, ed.  Eye, Mind, Spirit: The Enduring Legacy of Minor White.  Rochester, New York: The Howard Greenburg Gallery, 2008
  • Maddow, Ben.  Edward Weston: His Life.  Denville, New York: Aperture Foundation, 2000
  • Michaels, Duane  Masters of Contemporary Photography: The Photographic Illusion.  Alskog, Inc., 1974-1975
  • Merrifield, Andy.  The Wisdom of Donkeys.  New York: Westchester Book Group
  • Newhall, Beaumont.  History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present.  New York: New York Graphic Society
  • Newhall, Beaumont, ed.  Photography: Essays & Images.  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 1980
  • Newhall, Nancy, ed.  Edward Weston: The Flame of Recognition.  Aperture Press, New York, NY, 1963
  • Picker, Fred.  Fred Picker - Collected work  Boston, MA: Thomas Todd, 1979
  • Picker, Fred.  The Fine Print  Dummerston, Vermont: Hill Farm Press, 1975
  • Picker, Fred.  Zone VI Workshop.  New York, New York: Amphoto Books, 1974
  • Schmidt, Bob, ed.  NWI's Guide to Railroad Photography.  NWI Chapter of the NRHS, 1975
  • Smith, J. Frederick  Masters of Contemporary Photography: Photographing Sensuality.  Alskog, Inc., 1974-1975
  • Stern, Bert  Masters of Contemporary Photography: The Photo Illustration.  Alskog, Inc., 1974-1975


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