Carty has a modest and straight up approach to making pictures that is understated, modern and honest. Reflecting the attitude of the moment, he creates powerful undertones, which are never overstylized, but always iconic. At his best he is a photographer who connects with his subject quickly and produces quickly. A relationship founded first, in moments, finding that essential common ground and comfort. From them, he is able to capture remarkably personable and raw moments of beauty and depth of truth. It is a straight-up, human approach, underpinned with confidence by the artist’s sound technical ability.
Among his most noted works are a pre – Ok Computer Thom Yorke at his frail genius best and a weary but hopeful Roger Moore sitting in a profoundly English Gentleman’s pose. More recently a calm and personal portrait of Colin Firth a week before his Oscar win and a riveting image of a rogue looking Michael Sheen for his debut as Hamlet. Always evolving with technology, Carty consistently tries to find new ways to incorporate the latest innovations into his work, most recently directing shorts, fashion films and music videos.
Highlights of his published works include features in prominent magazines such as; Wired (Germany), NUVO, Adformatie (Amsterdam), Naked Eye, ELLE Canada, InTouch Weekly, Vervegirl, Girlfriend (US & New Zealand) and many more. His exceptional approach to subjects include client work with HP, Nike, MTV / MuchMusic, D&AD, Canada Goose, L’Oreal, and Universal Music, just to name a few. Carty currently is based in Toronto and works throughout Canada, with stops in London, UK and New York. In 2009 released his first book, “Positives” and was selected to be published in Carte Blanche, the first book of Canadian Contemporary Photographers, available everywhere.
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Steve Carty's Blog Posts (54)
Insights, Inspiration and Ideas.
From the desk of Steve Carty Where do ideas live before they are revealed to us? There is so much research into how the brain works, yet it [...]
Is Flash Dead?
from the desk of Steve Carty (originally posted in April on stevecarty.com): I’ve aimed to produce a new web interface every year sinc [...]
Graffiti Artist Skam for Contact Festival.
I’ve been collaborating with graffiti artists, painters and a flashlight for nearly 5 years. This year i decided to bring it to the Contac [...]
The only constant is change. In this ever changing industry, the moving picture is used to tell the story as often as the still image. For t [...]