Steven Phillip Harris is a New York based artist who has been working in photography for over 30 years. He received his MFA in Studio Art in 2015 and is currently teaching photography at Queens College/CUNY. Harris began studying fine art photography and journalism at Indiana University in 1978, and was accepted to the renowned Ansel Adams Workshop.
After living and working in Holland for several years with artists to produce fine art portfolios, Harris returned and established his own studio practice in Brooklyn, NY, producing photographs for clients, contemporary art galleries and artists for publications worldwide. This includes work produced for the performance artist, Marina Abramovic, video projects for the Sculpture’s Guild, and images for SKNY artist books and installations at Whitney Museum of American Art.
Harris’s most recent work in 2015 is a hybrid translation of imagery reminiscent of photograms. The surrealist relationship to camera-less photographs became an avid focus for Harris as he experimented with the chemical process and materiality of the black & white photographic medium, creating images that play with modes of perception with an unexpected spontaneous style. This work has been shown recently at Mana Contemporary in N.J., and for his MFA solo show at Queens College.
Harris has also exhibited his work at Sideshow gallery and participated annually in the DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn from 2004 to 2012. His work has also been included in two group exhibitions at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY, and he was awarded a cash prize in 2011 for an honorable mention. He was granted a solo exhibition in 2013 at SUNY Empire State College in New York City where he completed his B.A. in Fine Art Photography and Digital Media. In addition, Harris has worked as a teaching assistant at Empire State College and at Queens College, assisting professors in teaching digital and analog photography at the undergraduate level since 2010.
In May 2015 Harris completed his thesis for an MFA at Queens College/CUNY and continues to explore his process, exhibit, teach and investigate new ways of seeing through the photographic medium.