Ed Stern

Principal photographer at Ed Stern Photography, Ed is a completely self-taught photographer and has been living in New York City for over almost 20 years. His range of subjects varies widely; sports, architecture, landscape, wildlife, and journalism. He studied advertising, graphic design, and dabbled with film photography, but sadly, at the time, could not afford film or film processing. After graduating, he worked for many years as an art director in several ad agencies in New York City.

Roughly nine years ago, he fell back in love with photography, this time it was digital—starting small with what he could afford, "cheap" 1-2MP point-and-shoot cameras, but always using the mantra he learned in college: "%The camera is only as good as the person behind the lens.%" With encouragement from friends and family, he started buying better cameras to fuel his addiction with his new/old love, photography—he retaught himself how to shoot, and here the rest is history. Thankfully, film photography still holds a place in his heart—he collects working antique film cameras, his oldest being over 100 years old, a 1906 Kodak Film Premo No. 1.

On the side, he has been doing a 'self'ish project since 2002. Mirror and/or reflective surface self-portraits. He loves finding new surfaces to photograph himself within— trying diligently to not photograph the same "self" twice.

Whatever the subject, Ed's goal is to capture life in real-time and give people his perspective.

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