SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC
Steven Friedman was born in 1964 in Ottawa, Canada, graduated from University with a degree in Economics and pursued a successful career as an Economic Consultant. First working with a pre-eminent Canadian economic think tank, and then breaking out on his own, it wasnít until he found an SLR camera on an autumn hiking adventure in the Gatineau Park that he took his first photograph. This new found craft quickly became his passion and before long he established himself as a respected fine art photographer.
Stevenís talent for capturing the natural beauty of the world through his expansive, evocative landscapes canít help but bring you into the moment. The imagery transports you behind his lens to explore remote and inaccessible regions, awakening a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world; the crispness of the air as the sun rises, the smoothness of sandstone carved by thousands of years of wind and water, the dance of intense colour.
Stevenís prior life as an Economist seems incongruous with the artistic side of his brain that creates such beautiful art, yet they are similar. As an Economist, he made sense of often random appearing data; in his photographic work he makes sense of the chaos of nature.
To capture the images, Steven travels to remote locations around the world with his wife Joni, hiking sometimes 20 kilometres to an inaccessible region and working with impossible patience. He has visited a location for eight days to capture just the right light, waiting long periods for the rain to stop, the wind to still, the fog to lift. For his current tree series, Steven visited the same stands of trees in autumn four consecutive years.
Lecturing at workshops, Steven relays his passion to amateur landscape photographers, encouraging them to seek the untouched and unique natural world through thoughtful composition and the magic of beautiful light.
In 2000, Steven published his first limited edition fine art book entitled ďSteven Friedman LandscapesĒ, printing each plate, and hand binding the embossed book.
Currently, he is working on a fine art book for global distribution, which draws on his passion for panoramic tree photographs, the format from which he feels he naturally views the world.
Stevenís photographs have been published in international magazines and recognized with significant achievement awards such as the 2007 International Photography Awards in which he placed first and second as Professional Photographer of the Year in the Nature category and was awarded four Honourable Mentions. In the 2008 International Photography Awards, he placed second as Professional Photographer of the Year in the Nature category, winning five Honourable Mentions. That same year, he placed third as Professional Photographer of the Year in the Nature category in the Prix de La Photographie Paris (Px3), winning four Honourable Mentions.
Exhibiting internationally, Steven personally prints images to create a true sense of awe with his viewers. His latest collection of panoramic tree images are mounted on aluminum and measuring over 1.75 metres in width. In addition to printing his own fine art photographic work, Steven is considered a master fine art printer, working with discerning artists who seek the finest quality results.
When Steven found the SLR camera that autumn day, he also found his greatest life passion, which he feels fortunate to be able to pursue every day.
2010 International Photography Awards - Professional Nature Category - First place and three Honourable Mentions
2010 PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris Awards - Professional Nature Category - Second place
2009 Hasselblad Masters Finalist Nature/Landscape Category
2009 International Photography Awards - Professional Nature Category - Second place and three Honourable Mentions
2009 PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris Awards - Professional Nature Category - Honourable Mention
2008 International Photography Awards - Professional Nature Category - Second place and five Honourable Mentions
2008 PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris Awards - Professional Nature Category - Third Place and four Honourable Mention
2007 International Photography Awards - Professional Nature Category - First Place and Second place and four Honourable Mentions
2006 Sidney Fine Art Show - Jury's Choice
2004 Sidney Fine Art Show - First Prize
2004 Sooke Fine Art Show - Jury's Choice