I am Steve Remich and this is my photoblog. It is a place for me to post pictures, multimedia work, single images, works-in-progress, observations and musings. Its is a visual journal of my life as a photographer and a person. Thanks for taking the time to take a look.
Currently, I am a freelance photojournalist and graduate student currently based in the city of Loja in southern Ecuador until September, 2009. I am on the cusp of completing my graduate degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia’s journalism school. I came to Ecuador in June, 2009 to complete my master’s project by documenting the religious pilgrimage of La Virgen del Cisne. I am working on the project in collaboration with print/radio journalist and University of Missouri master’s student, Sara Shahriari. As well as completing our individual master’s projects, we work collaboratively to produce a wide variety of stories about the people, places and social issues of Ecuador and Bolivia. Our collaborative work is showcased at: www.andesupclose.com.
To see a portfolio of Sara Shahriari’s work, click on this link, or paste the address in to your web browser: sarashahriari.com
After completing the pilgrimage project in September, 2009 Sara and I will continue to work together in Bolivia where we will spend a year researching and documenting the issue of land reform and redistribution. This work will be funded by the O.O. McIntyre Fellowship from the University of Missouri-Columbia. To read more about this project please visit the Bolivia page on this site.
After graduating from James Madison University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Science and Techonology, I decided to pursue a career as a sailor in Central America. I spent ’02-03 learning Spanish and sailing the pacific coasts of Costa Rica and Panama as a crew member aboard the schooner Racy Ranger as well as working for the television reality series, Survivor. After returning to the U.S. my initiation in to photojournalism began in 2004 as a student at the Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. I had the unique opportunity to work on a year-long, book project that documented the stories of the people and programs at Tidewater Community College in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia where I grew up. I spent two semesters shooting and editing pictures alongside faculty, students and journalists from the Virginian Pilot newspaper. The project culminated in the publication of the color photography book, Acts of Optimism. The project was one of few such projects attempted by universities throughout the country and was the first completed by a community college. During my second semester of working on the project, I also began work as a freelance photojournalist for the Virginian Pilot.
In 2006, I entered the photojournalism program at the famed journalism school at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Since then I have worked for Pictures of the Year International, College Photographer of the Year, the Missouri Photo Workshop, the Columbia Missourian, the Photojournalism Department’s website, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, El Sentinel and the Jackson Hole News and Guide amongst others. If you would like to see a copy of my resume, click here.
I am available for assignments in the andean region of South America. Also we are currently speaking with interested publisher for our work from Ecuador and Bolivia. Please contact me using the information below about publication availabilities.