About The Photographer
Although getting his college degrees in mathematics, Stephen Bitel minored in art, developed his first roll of film at about the age of seven and has been into photography ever since. Over the years he has done photographic work in the areas of advertizing, portrature, event recording, fashon photography and photojournalism including a photographic documentation of "Resurrection City" during the "Poor People's March On Washington" in 1968. This collection has been displayed and is available on loan from the African American Museum in Hempstead, NY.
He has published in "Peterson's Photographic", "Modern Photography" and "B & W " magazine, has won awards from The Long Island Instutite of Photography, Huntington Arts Council, B&W+Color Magazine, East End Arts Council, My Studio, Art League of Long Island, Art Association of Oswego, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Conservatory and the Suffolk Center For The Holocaust, Human Understanding And Diversity.
Steve studied at the "International Center of Photography" (ICP) in NYC with John Loengard and Yale Joel, the photo editor of "Life Magazine" and a "Life" staff photographer respectively. A primary photographic interest of his has always been in abstract images rendered through reflections as well as the colors and textures of ordinary things enhanced by the effects of lighting and composition ... the foundation of all photography.