Steve Simon

Much of photographer Steve Simon’s work has been done in sub-Saharan Africa, and he’d like to think that some of it has made a difference by promoting awareness of social issues and maybe prompting some instances of positive action.
These school kids heading home in a rainstorm, just outside Maseru in Lesotho, inspired Steve and encapsulated feelings about his African experience to that point: “Strong people moving forward in the beautiful, yet uncomfortable, landscape, persevering, optimistic for the future. That’s what I see when I look at this photograph. That’s how I felt when I was there.”
The photo was used on the back cover of his book Heroines & Heroes and it was also used to raise money for various HIV/AIDS charities.

Steve Simon has been passionate about documenting the beauty and drama of the human condition his entire photographic life. The author of five critically acclaimed photography books with works in major museum collections around the world, he has had solo shows in New York, Buenos Aires, Toronto and Montreal, and his work has been featured three times at the Visa Pour L’Image Photojournalism Festival in Perpignan, France. He is on the Apple Aperture Advisory Board, faculty of the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, and is a contributing photographer for thedigitaljournalist.org. International awards include: Art Director’s Club of New York, The Canadian Newspaper Photographer of The Year, Global Health Council Photography Award for his work on AIDS in Africa, Alfred Eisenstaedt Magazine Photography Award Nomination, and PX3.
He has lead workshops all over the world, including Mentor Series, Macworld, PhotoPlus Expo, Nikonians, and Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai. He is a regular host on the popular podcast This Week in Photography and is a member of the SanDisk Extreme Team and PhotoSensitive.