Stephen Sheffield – two boys, now 8.5 and 5.5


Stephen Sheffield

Founder and Head Photoweenie of, Jim Fitts, co-curated with Anne DeVito an exhibition at Panopticon Gallery in Boston. The exhibition is titled What I Did On My Summer Vacation. Panopticon put out a call-for-entries and the work of 35 photographers was select by Jim and Anne to be part of the exhibition. You can see more of the photographer’s work and get information on the exhibition here.
A few of the photographers in the exhibition will have their work featured on This posting features the work of Stephen Sheffield.

Stephen supplied with the following background information.
Stephen Sheffield, a native of the Boston area, is an alumnus of Cornell University, where he obtained a BFA in painting and photography in 1988. He received his MFA in photography from the California College of the Arts, in Oakland/San Francisco, in 1993, where he was mentored by, and teacher’s assistant to, Larry Sultan and Jean Finley.

His photographs depict both everyday and unusual events, all framed by his unique, and occasionally dark, sense of humor. His masterful storytelling, use of traditional film and non traditional techniques including, alternative processes, mural printing, and large-scale photo assemblage combine to bring to his work a unique and cinematic mood.

Stephen has exhibited nationally for over 20 years, and has a number of large and small-scale commissions in Boston, Cambridge and New York. He has worked out of his studio in Boston’s Fort Point for over 17 years, is represented locally by the Panopticon Gallery, and runs the black and white photography program at the New England School of Photography in Boston.

My children obviously changed my life.
I have two boys, now 8.5 and 5.5.
My artwork has changed, as well, not so much on the surface, but the for me the process of making art has deepened and my personal connection to the work has evolved.   Photographing my children is an everyday event and easy to dismiss as snapshots, but I have found my experience as an artist and educator has given me the tools to sometimes cull out imagery that is ‘bigger’ than a document of my own children or my own experience as a parent.

You can see more of Stephen’s work here.
All photos: © Stephen Sheffield. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

The facts:
What I Did On My Summer Vacation
September 12 – January 14, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12th, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Panopticon Gallery
502c Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617 267-8929