The SHORT STORY
"I was made in Kentucky, seasoned in Chicago, and now being aged in Northern California."
The LONG STORY
Steven Jude Wohlwender was born in Northern Kentucky on 1 May 1967,and now resides with his wife and two daughters in San Mateo,
After studying art at Central Academy of Commercial Art, he moved to Chicago to pursue a career as an advertising Art Director.
For twenty years Wohlwender held positions as Art Director and Creative Director, and did a tour of agencies on Michigan Avenue, where he created visual branding in the form of print advertising and television commercials for a diverse mix of global brands. Gatorade, Coors Brewing Company, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, John Hughes Entertainment, John Deere, Kraft, McDonnell Douglas, U.S. Army, Princess Cruises are some.
It was working on these international brands with their elaborate ideas and generous production budgets, which afforded Wohlwender the privilege to collaborate with some of the most successful photographers and film directors worldwide.
Wohlwender is a self taught photographer having never taken a single photography class in all his years studying art, but Wohlwender himself considers his photography education a formal one, for it was from those that inspired him most, which brought out his ability to create storytelling images with an unconventional view, a studied light and color palette, and an emotional wallop.
Wohlwender has photographed in twenty-one countries, including film documentaries in Afghanistan, and Tanzania.
With the help of his world class support, his creations have been recognized for their excellence by the most prestigious photography/design organizations and publications in the world.