Born in Denmark in 1965, Steen spent his first eleven years in a small town just outside Copenhagen. His dad, a civil engineer employed in an international company, spent most of his time traveling in the Middle East and Africa, often leaving behind his wife and three kids to live their lives largely on their own. Trying to rediscover a "normal" family life, the family decided to move to Zambia in central Africa in 1976, where they spent seven years discovering the beautiful continent.
Steen went through secondary education at the International School of Lusaka, a school with kids from more than 50 different countries. Leaving Africa at the age of 18, Steen returned with a degree in arts, wanting to pursue a career as an artist, but changed his focus to graphic design and completed his degree in 1991.
Employed at various advertising companies, Steen discovered the first version of PhotoShop and recognized its potential. He changed careers for a while, relocating to a consultancy company where he worked for large clients with the implementation digital workflow systems. When headhunted to a large Scandinavian publishing company in 1995, Steen spent 13 years in charge of graphic production and development for 12 international magazines, among them National Geographic. Today, as head of branding for an international nature film production company, Steen has found a way of combining his love of nature, passion for photography and knowledge of imaging.
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