My father and my uncle were grocers. The grocery store was located in the barrio of Albuquerque, New Mexico. My experiences working for my father and uncle have had a definite influence on what drives my work. Sometimes I look for familiar worlds to photograph, i.e. food open markets. Sometimes I am drawn into a project by what I see as a unique situation. An unknown entity to explore and uncover. China has been that way for me. Xian Cun in particular.
During the 70s I studied Sculpture and Drawing at the California College of Arts in Oakland, California and commercial and editorial photography in Boston at the New England School of Photography. This was a time when film was still king. In the 80s I dropped photography and became a steel sculptor and teacher. I was a welder fabricator for 20 years. In 2003 I quit welding and teaching and went back into photography. In 2009, with the economy getting worse, I left for China. I teach English and photography here.
I shoot both film and digital formats from 35mm to 4x5 large format. I use digital for editorial and commercial work because that is what the commercial world demands. I find that my style of shooting changes when I go from film to digital. There are things digital can do that film cannot and vise versa. The magic still exists for me with film. With digital I find myself always stopping and checkin
- Steve Bromberg
Steve Bromberg received Gold and Silver Medal Awards in the 2013 San Francisco International Photography Exhibition.