BIOGRAPHY

 

W. Stephen Cooper, a Toronto native, received his initial training in photography at Humber College. Since graduating, Steve has been involved in many areas of visual media, including motion picture and video production. His photographs have appeared in many Canadian publications, including The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Photo Life Magazine, Canadian Yachting, Wildflower Magazine, Avenue Magazine, PhotoZoom Magazine, Humber College’s Et Cetera newspaper, and on the covers of several academic laboratory manuals and scientific journals. (Petroglyph(, an American literary journal, featured a portfolio of Steve(s images. They have also been featured in the books "On the Shuttle" (by Barbara Bondar), (The Healing Heart( (by Eleanor Koldofsky), "The Gristmill" (by Bobbie Kalman), and (Kommos( (Shaw and Shaw). He was the photographer and principal author of the book "Watermills of Ontario, Quebec and Maritime Canada" (McGraw-Hill Ryerson Canada Ltd.). Prominent Canadian musician Rick Whitelaw chose one of Steve's Wilderness images for the cover of his album; (Polishing the Stone). Steve is a member of The Archaeological Conservancy, The Artists’ Network, Artists Toronto and CARFAC Canada.

Steve has also photographed a diverse group of celebrities including Astronaut Roberta Bondar, actor Tony Curtis, physicist Stephen Hawking, and auto racing legend Sterling Moss.

Steve's photographs have been exhibited regularly at The University of Toronto, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, the Toronto Art Expo, The Artist Project, the Junction Arts Festival, the Roncesvalles Village Studio Tour, and many other local arts events.

His images have also been shown in Toronto at the A-Space Gallery, the Arts and Letters Club, Arts Etobicoke, Bloom Restaurant, Contact Photography Festival, “the Darkroom” exhibition at Gallery 918, Gallery June, the Historic Distillery District: “Artisans at the Distillery Exhibition” and “Dexteritus Art Show”, Hang Man Gallery, Metro Hall Toronto with “Arts for All Canada”, The Ontario Science Centre, Praxis Gallery, Prisma Gallery, Queen(s Quay Terminal at Harbourfront, Riverdale Art Walk, Scaramouche Restaurant, and Urbanscape Gallery. Steve teamed up with landscape photographer Jaan Peets in an exhibition at Context Gallery entitled: (Two Visions of the Land).

Outside of Toronto, Steve has exhibited his photographs at the Lake Scugog Studio Tour, the Markham Village Arts Council Show, the Muskoka Arts and Crafts Show in Bracebridge, Paula White Diamond Gallery in St. Jacobs, and the Port Credit Outdoor Art Show. His work can be found in private and corporate collections internationally.

Steve is a partner in Bio Photo Experience Tours, which offers unique travel adventures to unspoiled wilderness areas. Small groups of photographers interested in nature hone their photographic skills with Steve while learning about natural biodiversity firsthand from world class biologists. This has resulted in several successful tours in North, Central and South America and in Cambodia and Thailand.

 
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