The work presented on this site represents Steven Godfrey's current formation of photography, consisting of a series of narrative framed improvisations composed in the camera while walking. His approach is closely related to a jazz musical format in which he starts with a theme, or melody, then improvises according to the ongoing or current frame or note. Much of the work represented here is centered on the subject of fatherhood, or life with his children.
Steven received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Eastern Michigan University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2005. He started out as a documentary street portrait photographer in Detroit, and has worked in numerous gigs as a professional photographer in Michigan, New Mexico, throughout the Appalachian states, New England, New York City, and Chicago.
Steven is also a sculptor of primarily stone carvings of figurative abstracts, created in the old style of hammer and chisel. He has exhibited his stone carvings in galleries in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has also modeled representational portraits in clay. One of his most recognized carvings is a monumental sculpture of the Ohio state bird, the Cardinal, which towers over the main gate of the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus.
Steven currently resides in Evanston, Illinois. In between projects, Steven is also an avid singer-songwriter/musician.
Commissioned Permanent Exhibitions:
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - Philadelphia
"Living in Balance" - Photographic Works from the A'shiwi Zuni Indian Reservation
The John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County Art Collection - Chicago
Three photographic works
Main Gate of the Ohio State Fairgrounds - Columbus
Monumental Sculpture of "The Cardinal"
Other Notable Achievements:
Albert T. Weissman Award Recipient for Photography - Columbia College Chicago
American Spirit Contest - Honorable Mention, "Medicine" Photograph
Teaching Arts All - City Art Exhibition for Chicago Public School Art Teachers -
Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission of New Mexico - Albuquerque
Portrait Bust of Martin Luther King, Jr.