Steven H. Begleiter is an American photographer who has made significant contributions to the field of photography since publishing his ground breaking genre photography book “Fathers and Sons” (Abbeville Press) in 1989.
After graduating from Kent State University in 1980 with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Philosophy, Begleiter moved to NYC to find employment as a photographer’s assistant. The highlight of his photo assistant career was when he was asked to become first photo assistant to internationally known photographer, Annie Leibovitz in 1980.
While working with Ms. Leibovitz his role was to coordinate and setup cover shots for magazines like Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. After that one-year assistantship he went on to become first assistant to the internationally acclaimed photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark. During his time with Ms. Mark, he worked on the acclaimed Life magazine story “Streets of the Lost,” (later to become the Academy nominated documentary “Streetwise”).
In 1982 Begleiter decided to open his own studio in NYC and began accepting assignments from Esquire, Elle, Us Magazine and many other publications. He soon expanded his clientele to corporate and commercial clients. His work garnered an award from Print and Workbooks “The Annual 100”. During that time he also continued to exhibit his personal work at American Place Theater, ABC NO RIO (which he co-founded) and the upper eastside YMCA gallery.
In 1989 his first book “Fathers and Sons” was published by Abbeville Press and proved to be both a commercial and critical success. It was featured in publications around the world with 25,000 copies sold within just two years.
In 1997 Begleiter moved to Philadelphia to take a position as a lecturer of photography in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. It was there that he was inspired by the mystique of color infrared film and published his second book “The Art of Color Infrared Photography,” Amherst Media 2001.
His expertise in the field led to a consulting job on the nominated Sundance Film Festival film, “Wrist Cutters.” He continued to exhibit his personal work, which was included in juried art shows in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His work was also exhibited in the Adams Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, University Arts Gallery and in galleries in New Jersey.
In 2004 he received a $3,000 grant from the Philadelphia Council on the Arts to document the African-American neighborhood “Francisville.” The project also included the implementation of an afterschool photography program at the local public school, Bache-Martin, and an exhibition of student works.
While teaching at the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania he continued to accept commercial assignments and he started his “portrait book trilogy.” The first book, “The Portrait Book” was published in 2003, the second, “50 Lighting Setups for the Portrait Photographer” in 2008 and most recently the third, “50 Lighting Setups for the Portrait Photographer Volume 2”, in 2012.
In 2006, Begleiter moved to Missoula, Montana recruited by the Rocky Mountain School of Photography to teach courses on photographic lighting. In addition he also taught one-week workshops, entitled “Personal Portrait.”
In 2008 he set up a gallery-photography studio in historic downtown Missoula where he coordinated gallery shows once a month while continuing to take on assignment work.
One of the most notable was the “Every Woman Matters” exhibition, which was funded by the Rural Institute of the University of Montana and the Susan B. Komen foundation. This multi-media exhibition incorporated a series of portraits of women with disabilities and video interviews while exposing the inequities of the health care services provided to women with disabilities for breast cancer screening.
The exhibition was great success attracting significant media coverage and continues to travel throughout the state of Montana. Other exhibitions at Begleiter.com included the work of Kevin Connolly (author and photographer) and Faux Pink artist Jill Meyer exhibiting her “breast relief paintings” to raise money for breast cancer screening.
Begleiter continues to focus on his artwork and development as an artist. In 2012 his image “Robin and Ursula” was selected in a juried competition for American Pinup Magazine. His piece “The Leap” was nominated for the prestigious Spider Award, an international juried competition of black and white photography. He is currently working on a series of images of the metaphysical relationship between water and children.
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