Steve Anchell is internationally published with his fine art work exhibited in galleries and private collections. His work has been in forty-one exhibits, including nineteen solo exhibits.
He has been a contributing editor to Outdoor Photographer, Camera & Darkroom, and PhotoWork magazines. He has written columns, feature articles and interviews for View Camera, Camera Arts, PIC, Shutterbug, PhotoPro, and Rangefinder magazines. He is the former editor of Photovision and Focus Fine Art Photography magazines.
His three books, The Darkroom Cookbook, The Variable Contrast Printing Manual, and The Film Developing Cookbook are international photography bestsellers. Photo-Eye Books of Santa Fe named The Variable Contrast Printing Manual the best technical title of 1997. The first anthology of his work, The Nude at Big Sur, was released in December 2002.
From 1970 to 1977 Steve maintained a portrait and wedding studio in San Luis Obispo, California. In 1977 he opened a commercial studio in Hollywood. His internationally known clientele included Vivian Woodward Cosmetics, Jordache Belts, IBM, Teledyne, and many others. His specialty was photographing for underground L.A. fashion designers. In 1984 he closed his studio to devote himself full time to his personal work, teaching, and writing on photography.
Anchell's work is varied, ranging from sensual black and white environmental figure studies to erotic color nudes to street photography and environmental portraiture.
"Recording the world in which I live is an obsession. While I do not limit myself to any one subject, I find people the most fascinating, whether they are nude or clothed. Accordingly, I photograph people in the streets of New York City as readily as I photograph nude models on the beaches of Big Sur."
He has conducted photographic and darkroom workshops since 1979, including workshops for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, the International Center for Photography, Zone VI, Cape Cod and Tuscano Photographic Workshops, the Universities of California at Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Irvine, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Denver. He has guest lectured on photography and fine art at Eastern Washington University, Spokane Falls College, and Chapman College. He has conducted seminars for Agfa Photo and Leica Camera and has appeared as a guest lecturer for Sinar-Bron.
In 1999, Steve established The Photographers Formulary Workshops in Montana and was the program director for the years 1999 and 2000.Portfolios include:
Steve, I have a fairly large stock pile of Afgas Portiga Rapid (PRN #12 gloss) mostly in the 16x20 size and I recently discovered fairly good amount of fogging when using my normal developer and dev. times,etc. Ive tried some of the developing restrainers -Edmonds Orhxite or Potas Bromide mixes, but they dont really work that well and kill the paper speed (for develop. times). Do you have any ideas on this problem? Thanks, Joe T.