Steven Hirsch was born in Brooklyn, New York. His photographs have been seen in publications including The New York Times, Paris Match, Time, Wired, Vice, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic and Stern. Hirsch has taught at the International Center of Photography, The New School, Parsons School of Design, the School of Visual Arts, New York University and is currently teaching at Pratt Institute. Steven Hirsch has been awarded two New York Foundation for the Arts grants and his work has been widely exhibited and collected by the Museum of Modern Art, Polaroid Collection, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Israel Museum, Library of Congress and the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, among others.
Images from Hirsch's Gowanus series were first featured in 2010 on ABC News online and more recently in The New York Times and the Daily Mail. Gowanus, a series of photographs of the highly polluted canal in Brooklyn, New York, captures the frenzied beauty of the slime and detritus atop the water. Revealing deep rich world of abstract shapes and explosive color, the photographs are painterly in style, with Impressionistic hints of hue and texture. Within the intangible worlds depicted, arise visions of figures, faces and bodies, and natural forms like waterfalls, landscapes, glaciers, or universal galaxies.