Steve Anchell

Steve Anchell is internationally published with his fine artwork exhibited in galleries and private collections. Since his first exhibit in 1974, his work has been in more than sixty exhibits, including twenty-nine solo exhibits.

From 1970 to 1976 he owned a portrait and wedding studio, first in Los Angeles and then in San Luis Obispo, Calif. From 1977 to 1984 he operated a studio in Hollywood, California, which included as clients, Max Factor, Vivian Woodard, and Merle Norman cosmetics, IBM, Teledyne-Inet, Ohrbach’s Department Store, Wham-O Toys, Catalina Swimwear, and many others.  Agency accounts included Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB); Ogilvie & Mather (Ogilvie Group); Young & Rubicam (Y&R); and Evans/Weinberg.

Since 1970, Steve has written for Rangefinder and photo technique magazines and has been a contributing editor to Outdoor Photographer, Camera & Darkroom, and PhotoWork magazines.  He has written columns, feature articles and interviews for Shutterbug, View Camera, Camera Arts, PIC, and PhotoPro magazines. He is the former editor of Photovision: Art and Technique and Focus Fine Art Photography magazines.

His three books, The Darkroom Cookbook, The Variable Contrast Printing Manual, and The Film Developing Cookbook are international bestsellers.  Photo-Eye Books of Santa Fe named The Variable Contrast Printing Manual the best technical title of 1997.  In 2001 The Nude at Big Sur, was published by Cold Creek Press. Focal Press will release his fifth book, Digital Photo Assignments, on August 26, 2015.

steve anchell - havana

photo © 2019 Marcia Brenden

He has conducted workshops since 1979, including workshops for the International Center of Photography in NYC, Santa Fe Workshops, Toscana Photographic Workshops (Italy), the Universities of California at Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Irvine, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Denver.

Steve conducts film and digital media workshops.  His private workshops attract students from around the world to his home in Salem.  Since 2001 he has led workshops to Cuba, twice-yearly.

His workshops have been sponsored by Adobe, Bogen Imaging, Datacolor, Epson, Freestyle Photo, Hasselblad, Ilford Photo, Leica Camera, Lexar, Minolta Camera, onOne Software, Photographers’ Formulary, and Samy’s Camera.

In 1999 he established Workshops in Montana for the Photographers’ Formulary.  He has taught both digital and darkroom classes for Oregon State University.

Steve is a member of the Freestyle Board of Photographic Advisors and a board member of Photography at Oregon Committee in Eugene, Oregon. recently published an interview with Steve where he discusses his philosophy of photography, teaching, and life.

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