Steven Bollman: Exploring True Grit
by David J. Carol
PHOTOS © Steven Bollman/(www.stevenbollman.com)
June 01, 2012 —
Steven Bollman is, to me, the “Swiss Army knife” of photographers. He does it all: weddings, portraits, food, music and everything in-between. He shoots to pay his bills as well as fund his passion to travel and photograph the “real lives” of different people and cultures around the world. Bollman, who is based in San Francisco, shoots black-and-white film in a gritty, unapologetic style that I find moving, revealing and emotional. Be it Cuba, Haiti, Spain or elsewhere that he is shooting, he explores the side of humanity that isn’t always pretty, but is always interesting and informative. Photography is used in so many ways these days, but for me its quintessential quality is to document reality while expressing the artist’s opinion. One day I would love to take a photo trip with Mr. Bollman, a passionate photographer with an opinion.
David J. Carol is the director of photography at CBS Outdoor. His photographs and award-winning photography books are in the collections of major museums and institutions throughout the U.S. He is a portfolio reviewer for ASMP and Palm Springs Photo Festival, and judges photo contests for Rangefinder and PDN, among other publications. Contact him at email@example.com or visit his Web site, www.davidcarol.com.
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