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about me

Steven Bowers is a self-taught photographer with no formal photography training.  He relies on an inquisitive eye, quick shutter-release finger, patience, practice, and the generous mentorship of more experienced photographers to bring a unique perspective to his images.  He was introduced to photography at age 7, spending frequent evenings alongside his father (photographer David Bowers), dodging, burning, and developing images projected by a Beseler enlarger in their home basement darkroom.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Steven has lived at various times in Ithaca, New York, Pasadena, California, Washington, DC, and Vienna, Austria.  He studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University, aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology, and law at George Washington University.  Steven resides currently in Portland, Oregon.

Inquiries regarding archive-quality prints and commissioned assignment availability are warmly welcomed.  Contact Steven here.

Selected Exhibitions


L.A. Photo Curator, "The Art of Timelessness," Los Angeles, CA, USA, June 27, 2017 - Honorable Mention

Monovisions Black & White Photography Magazine, Monovisions Photography Awards, London, UK, August 20, 2017 - Honorable Mention, Street Photography, Series

The Photo Review Magazine, 2017 Photo Review 33rd Annual International Photography Competition, Langhorne, PA, USA, September 29, 2017 - Winner

Group Shows

Black Box Gallery, "Focus:  Light and Shadow," Portland, OR, USA, April 1-20, 2016

Sixteen Mile Arts Photography Gallery, "Decisive:  New Currents in Street Photography," Milton, ON, Canada, August 16-September 17, 2016

Photo Independent 2017 (Fabrik Media), "On the Street," Los Angeles, CA, USA, April 21-23, 2017

Fathom Gallery, "Present But Not Involved," Los Angeles, CA, USA, April 29-May 29, 2017

Black Box Gallery, "Shadows:  Darkness and Light," Portland, OR, USA, May 1-20, 2017


PH21 Gallery, "MONO," Budapest, Hungary, May 11-June 6, 2017

Blank Wall Gallery, "Fine Art," Athens, Greece, May 26-June 8, 2017

LoosenArt Gallery, "A Surreal Vision," Rome, Italy, June 21-30, 2017

Darkroom Gallery, "Abstraction," Essex Junction, VT, USA, June 22-July 16, 2017

1650 Gallery, "It's A Sign:  The Medium Is The Message," Los Angeles, CA, USA, June 24-July 20, 2017

PhotoPlace Gallery, "Black and White," Middlebury, VT, USA, July 12-August 12, 2017

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC), "Black & White 2017," Brooklyn, NY, USA, July 29-August 20, 2017

PhotoPlace Gallery, "Portals," Middlebury, VT, USA, August 16-September 9, 2017

Darkroom Gallery, "Pathways and Passages," Essex Junction, VT, USA, August 17-September 10, 2017

1650 Gallery, "I'm With the Band," Los Angeles, CA, USA, February 24-March 22, 2018

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