The Charles River with The Harvard Footbridge

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One of two large analog collages Stephen Sheffield made for The Charles Hotel in Cambridge Massachusetts. (Circa 1998). The rough theme here is The Charles River, with The Harvard Footbridge, shot by Stephen, as the central image. A rower, captured by photographer and scientist Eadweard Muybridge can be seen making his way across the piece and other small single images collaged throughout. . This piece is 140”x44” and comprised of 40 11x14” sheets of photographic paper that have been toned and distressed and mounted on board. I then placed off-register printed sheets of paper and transparent sheets of kodalith that had the same, or contrasting images. These images were all hand printed in my darkroom and the largest images were exposed on the wall of my studio with the enlarger placed on its side and moved far back from the wall like a projector.

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Stephen Sheffield Photography & Mixed Media

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Commissioned collages, analog collages and original photographs.

Stephen Sheffield, a native of the Boston area, is an alumnus of Cornell Univeristy in Ithaca NY, where he obtained a BFA in painting and mixed media. He went on to receive his MFA in photography and mixed media from the California College of the Arts in Oakland CA, studying directly under and was assistant to Larry Sultan as well as studying under Jean Finley, Jim Goldberg and others.

Stephen’s large-scale collage style blends history with a modern collaborative spirit of the site and the intended audience. Pulling from researched images and photographs he himself captures, he blends the old and the new with black and white and simplified colors to create a celebration of place and community.

Stephen Sheffield has exhibited nationally for many years and has a number of permanent large-scale art commissions in Boston, Connecticut, Philadelphia, New York and Pittsburgh. He is adjunct faculty at the New Hampshire Institute of Art MFA Program, and he ran the advanced fine art black and white department at the New England School of Photography in Boston for 12 years.

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