Stephen Green-Armytage

Filed in Exhibitions by on December 1, 2019

POSTPONED – Exhibition Dates TBA

Reception: TBA


Artist Q&A: TBD


As a photographer, I prefer my subjects to be the heroes of my pictures, not me. (This was probably not the case when I was in my teens and early twenties.) I aim to use good composition, appropriate lighting, etc., but hope that nobody notices. When I watch a film, I prefer not to be distracted by the cinema -photography, the lighting, etc. while I enjoy the story.

My cameras are nothing unusual, but I use several different lenses, from wide-angle to telephoto and in between, including some for close-ups, a few filters, and often a tripod. No photoshop or manipulation. However, my lighting equipment is professional, though I use it for technical quality, not for effect.

Subject choices are guided by whatever is interesting, beautiful, striking, maybe charming, maybe funny. I like to use photography to share whatever I think is worth sharing, to let people notice and appreciate whatever I think is worth noticing and appreciating. Often I like to record things that are temporary, a breaking wave, a flower in bloom, a running animal, a child at a certain age. And I like to do all this well.


As a child in England, I always had hand-me-down cameras from my mother and my uncle, and I had the use of the family dark-room. I could frame parts of my world in two dimensional black & white rectangles.

By the time I was at university, I decided that photography was the career I wanted. Although I had two substantial spreads in national magazines while still a student, I knew that there was still plenty to learn, and spent a full year as a humble studio assistant in London. As a young professional, I did mostly advertising photography, but
soon became more interested in editorial work. At the time, New York had the best magazines, and when I moved there, I immediately started shooting for Sports Illustrated. Then also for Fortune, some travel & shelter magazines, a few European publications, and LIFE.

Some subjects needed more more extensive treatment, so I turned to book publishers. I have done seven handsome “coffee table books” and two children’s books, and have seen several of my titles translated into French and German. And at all times, I took photographs for myself, set my own projects, mostly on weekends and vacations. While for these I was essentially an amateur photographer, my professional experience and
equipment helped me to maintain a high technical standard and helped me to make good choices quickly, and do justice to my subjects.

2020 Solo Shows were selected by juror Kristen Dodge, owner and director of September Gallery in Hudson, NY

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