Stephen Sheffield, a native of the Boston area, is an alumnus of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he obtained a BFA in painting and mixed media. He received 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.
Influenced by film noir, crime novels and the projected memories of past eras, Sheffield constructs iconic moments of mystery, ambiguity and male insecurity. Often the images depict Sheffield’s displaced figure dressed in a suit standing, crouching, turning, walking and leaning. The figure will sometimes be blurred from movement, heightening the sense of surrounding stillness.
Sheffield has exhibited nationally for many years and has a number of large-scale art commissions in Boston, Philadelphia, Connecticut and New York. He runs the advanced fine art black and white department at the New England School of Photography in Boston, and is an adjunct professor at the New Hampshire Institute of Art MFA Program.