Fine Art Photography by Bitel
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 7 and has been into photography ever since. Over the years he has done photographic work in the areas of advertising, portraiture, event recording , fashion, photojournalism and fine art photography.
He has published in “Peterson’s Photographic”, “Modern Photography” and "B&W" Magazine, has won awards from the Long Island Institute of Photography, B&W+Color Magazine, B&W Magazine, The East End Arts Council, The Huntington Arts Council, The Art League of Long Island, My Studio, PhotoPlace Gallery, The Art Association of Oswego, The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Conservatory, The Avatal Gallery, The 2016 Long Island Fair, the Suffolk Center for the Holocaust, Human Understanding and Diversity and The Blank Wall Gallery, Athens Greece.
Furthermore, his photo essay on "Resurrection City" during the "Poor People's March On Washington" (1968) was featured in the African American Museum in Hempstead, NY, along with pictures by Monita Sleet, who won a Pulitzer prize for his picture of Corretta Scott King during the funeral of her husband, Martin Luther King Jr.
Steve studied at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in NYC with John Loengard and Yale Joel, the photo editor of Life magazine at the time 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.