contemporary portrait photographers
Portrait Photography in Richmond, California, USA
   
           
   
  Steven Gelberg, Richmond photographer
       
 
CONTACT INFORMATION
PHONE: please contact via email
ADDRESSE: Richmond, San Francisco Bay area, California
WEBSITE: website with portrait photography of richmond, san francisco bay area photographer steven gelberg
E-MAIL: email richmond, san francisco bay area photographer steven gelberg
       

 

 

 
 portrait photography of Richmond CA photographer Steven Gelberg in the San Francisco Bay area
   
   

FINE ART PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY IN RICHMOND, SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA:

Born a natural seeker and idealist in post-war suburbia, I evolved into a teenage counterculture rebel, protesting the outer world while exploring the inner. Inspired by folks like Thoreau, Allen Ginsberg, R.D. Laing, and Alan Watts, I set my hopes on Enlightenment and Liberation.
After my freshman year in college—devoted largely to exploring consciousness and protesting the Vietnam War—I took a permanent leave of absence to become a world-transcending Hindu monk. Over a seventeen-year period (1970-1987), I plumbed the depths of that tradition as a committed ascetic, teacher, and author of introductions to my guru's translations and commentaries on ancient Sanskrit texts—with annual pilgrimages to India. Eventually becoming my organization's de facto ambassador to academia, I entered the Academy through the back door, attending conferences and writing articles (principally on forms of Eastern spirituality in the West), published in various academic books and volumes. A series of my interviews with scholars—assessing one such group—was published by Grove Press in 1983 and well received by reviewers.
I bailed from the ashram in 1987, deeply disillusioned. Falling into the material world and landing at Harvard Divinity School, I studied Comparative Religion, reflecting on the great spiritual ideas and their embodiments in historical/cultural forms (Master of Theological Studies, 1990). After graduation, I wrote a book about my earlier experiences in India—part travel memoir, part spiritual confession—with generous mentoring from Elie Wiesel—writer, humanitarian, Nobel Laureate.
In late 1994 I discovered photography as an expressive medium. It seemed to come out of nowhere, as an answer to a prayer for a passion and a path. I set up a darkroom at home and fell in love with the alchemy of creation, fascinated by the synergy of seeing and imagination. I began exploring the history of the medium, discovering kindred souls: seekers of meaning, excavators of the beautiful and the marvelous—people like Edward Weston, Josef Sudek, André Kertész, Bill Brandt, Minor White, Wynn Bullock, Paul Caponigro, Ruth Bernhard, and so many others.
Aside from actively photographing, I am currently working on a book that will explore the “spiritual,”as it were, in photography. Part of the research entails a close look at writings by and about photographic artists for whom the medium has been, variously, a path of self-discovery, an investigation into matters of appearance and reality, and of essence and meaning, experiments and investigations into the nature of light (literally and as metaphor), and a Zen-like discipline of radical receptivity—to name a few of the approaches explored. I hope to weave together voices from the history of the medium with my own insights.
Though intellectually immersed in the history and aesthetics of the medium, I try to keep my eye “innocent” within my own work, to see the world afresh at each moment. After ten years in photography (since 1994), pleasing myself and filling boxes with prints, I feel it's about time to share what I've seen, and how I see, and what to me is beautiful, mysterious, and compelling, with a wider public. So, welcome to my online gallery, take a look around, and feel free to contact me to purchase a print, discuss a commission, or simply to share your thoughts.

 
   

 

 
   

Steven has entered prints in national and international competitions with:

 
   

 

 
   

 

 
   

 

 
   

 

 
           
         
           
   
           
           
   

CATEGORIES OF PROFESSIONAL PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY WHERE STEVEN GELBERG SPECIALIZES IN:

 

   

- Fine art portrait photography

- Baby photography

- Weding photography

- Children and pregnancy photography

 

           
       

 

 

 
   

PROFESSIONAL PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER ASSOCIATIONS WHERE STEVEN GELBERG IS MEMBER IN:

 

   

           
       

 

 

 
   

CITIES AND AREAS IN CALIFORNIA WHERE STEVEN GELBERG PRACTICES FINE ART PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPY:

   

- San Francisco Bay area

- Richmond CA

- Bercelay