New Orleans, La. Photographer Steven Forster swept the Fashion Photography category for both published and non-published work at the annual Alpha Awards 2004 presented by the Fashion Group International of New Orleans September 12, 2004 at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans.
Forster shut out all other published and non-published fashion photographers from the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. One of Forster's awards was for a jazz photograph of Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. The Fashion Group International was founded in 1930 and the New Orleans Chapter was founded in 1948.
Forster’s photography work is included in the Historic New Orleans Collection, The New Orleans Museum of Art, The Contemporary Arts Center, the Mario Villa Gallery and the John Stinson Gallery. His work has been included in exhibitions of master photographers Walker Evans and Clarence John Laughlin. His clients have included Random House Books for the cover jacket photograph of Pulitzer Prize winning author Rick Bragg (#1 New York Times Best Seller, "I Am A Soldier, Too; The Jessica Lynch Story), Bestselling author Anne Rice, Harry Connick, Jr., Court TV, and A & E Television’s "Biography."
Forster has been called the "poet of photography" (by Gary Ian of Figaro Newspaper). Forster changed the look of social photographs when he began shooting his well-known "Big Easy Page" for the Sunday editions of the Times-Picayune, Louisiana’s largest newspaper.
Forster is now an eight time Alpha Award winning photographer whose work is featured weekly in his own award-winning newspaper page.
As Forster has taken on varying subject matter throughout his career he has changed the norm through his artistic vision and expertise. His large scale digital photographs of jazz artists in New Orleans garnered him his Alpha Award in photography in September 2003.
Forster aims to take New Orleans jazz photography to new heights. " Jazz musicians have style. I'm just trying to shed some light on how much style they actually have," he says.
Forster served as a photo editor for the Washington DC newspaper Roll Call, and is the featured photographer in the textbook "A Practical Handbook for the Emerging Artist" by Margaret Lazzari.
For information on photographer Steven Forster, contact www.stevenforster.com or call (504) 943-2590.