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 advanced photography and analog photo courses 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 is a hybrid translation of imagery reminiscent of photograms and incorporates multiple exposure. 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 the Atlantic Gallery, Flushing Town Hall and Plaxall Gallery/ LIC-Artists all in and around NYC. In addition, at Blueseed Studios in Saranac Lake, Sideshow gallery and previously 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. Harris is currently an assistant professor at Queens College, teaching digital and analog photography at the undergraduate and graduate level since 2015. Harris continues to explore his process, exhibit, teach and investigate new ways of seeing through the photographic medium. (Portrait of Steven by Ashton Worthington @ashtonography)