August 4| 7:30 | Rockport Opera House | Upstairs | Free and Open to the Public
Steven Laxton is the 2012 Arnold Newman Prize recipient. known for his evocative photo essays and portraits.
Born in rural Australia, he moved to the city of Adelaide, and started shooting for local magazines and clients while he was still a teenager.
In 2008, Steven was named one of the15 Rising Stars of International photography by American Photo Magazine.
In 2009 Communication Arts recognized him as a "Fresh" artist, and his series on Holocaust survivors is featured in the book and project "Afterwards: Contemporary Photography Confronting the Past" curated by Nathalie Herschdorfer of the Musee de l’Elysee.
In 2012 he was awarded in the POYi (Picture of the Year International) Feature Story category for his project Circo El Salvador, featuring images of nomadic circus families in El Salvador. This series is also included in the prestigious PDN photo Annual for 2012.
Steven’s images were included in the American Photography 29 collection for 2013.
In 2013 a film he directed in Australia, has won several Art Directors awards including best direction and casting, the same film also won a Deadly award at a gala at the Sydney Opera House.
Laxton's work appears in magazines and advertising campaigns internationally.
Steven currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Steven will be teaching Contemporary Portraiture at MMW + C
Throughout his twenty-one year career, Boston-based photographer Dominic Chavez has traveled the globe documenting some of the most challenging of human conditions. Chavez demonstrates an exceptional ability to reveal elements of beauty amidst grim circumstances through his compassionate manner and technical expertise. His work portrays the depth of the human spirit and straddles both photojournalism and fine art photography, shedding light on the complexity of issues encountered by people around the globe. Chavez has recorded the effects of war in Colombia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Angola, the AIDS crisis facing the nations of Africa, and a wide variety of global health issues. His most recent project documents the lack of clean water in Sierra Leone and other locations throughout Africa. “The best way to tell a story as an artist is to combine your craft with the passion in your heart. It would be a crime to tell a story with only craft and no heart. It would also be a crime to tell a story with only heart and no craft.”
Dominic Chavez’s professional career includes positions at the Denver Post, the Boston Globe and is currently working as freelance photographer. His work has been nationally recognized with many awards including the Kaiser Family Foundations’ Media Fellowship as well as the Pictures of the Year competition. Chavez has produced eight books and his photographs have been shown internationally including exhibitions in Senegal, China, London and New York.