Working in some of the world’s most dangerous regions, Stephen skillfully captures the human dignity of his subjects with great intimacy. His images are recognised for their artistic integrity and valuable insight into cultures and communities that have existed for hundreds of years, yet are fast disappearing from our world.
Stephen’s awards include a Robert Capa Gold Medal citation from the Overseas Press Club of America; a Bayeux War Correspondent’s Prize; and first places in the World Press Photo award, Pictures of the Year International, the Australian Walkleys, and Leica/CCP Documentary Award. In 2007, Stephen was the recipient of the W Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography for his ongoing project on Afghanistan. In 2010 he received the Gardner Fellowship at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.
Stephen’s work has also featured in The New Yorker, Aperture, Newsweek, GQ, French and German GEO, Le Figaro, Liberation, The Sunday Times Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Stern, Time and Vanity Fair. He has held major exhibitions in London, Paris, New York, Sydney, Canberra, Tokyo and Shanghai, and at Perpignan’s Visa Pour L’Image, China’s Ping Yao and Holland’s Noorderlicht festivals.
Stephen’s handmade photographic artist books and portfolios are in selected collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Australian War Memorial, The New York Public Library, Berlin and Munich National Art Libraries, Stanford University, Yale University, Boston Athenaeum, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Joy of Giving Something Inc.