Biography

Born and raised in the splendor of contrast and definition in Southern California, Steve Gilb has been intrigued by capturing the elements of life on film from an early age. Fascinated with the countless details provided by a Yashica A twin-lens reflex camera, Steve, in his endless search for improving his skills, began taking Photography courses at the age of fourteen. Recognized for his talent and efforts early on, Steve received many First Place Awards as well as Honorable Mentions at the Del Mar Fair.

Ever the adventurer, Steve, while on a United States tour with Yamaha International Moto-Cross team, was able to capture images from all corners of the country.

1973 landed Steve as a Photography Instructor at Club Med Playa Blanca, Mexico.

Rotating Photography Exhibits at the Balboa Park Museum, San Diego, from 1976-1978 brought attention to Steve's unique images.

Steve, who loves to spend time in Arizona, has been published in Arizona Highways Magazine since the mid 1970's.

Influenced greatly by Ansel Adams, Gilb jumped into the exciting world of the large format (4x5) camera. He soon discovered there was no turning back, this would be his path and vehicle for creating images to share with the world.

Steve's current fascination is the Pyro method of developing black & white images. Steve dedicated the entire year of 1998 to this technique. Pyro was used almost exclusively by Edward Weston, although, Ansel Adams was also known to use the Pyro method. At the time when Adams was using Pyro, the development wasn't consistent enough to be used on a regular basis. Only in recent years, has the Pyrogallic acid formula been developed for use with predictable results.

"The love and challenge of capturing the landscape, is the force that will continue to drive me and my camera to the edge and return with incredible images."

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