After a first career in organizational psychology, photographer Steve Riskind followed his interest in science and technology, and moved into computer consulting. For over 25 years he owned a firm that developed custom database software used in finance, broadcasting, medicine, and the non-profit sector. More recently, Riskind has merged his technology skills with his early love for and training in photography.

After extensive studies in digital photography at the International Center of Photography, Riskind has become an active portrait photographer. He is best known for his portraits of classical musicians, including pianists Richard Goode and Anna Polonsky. These images can be seen on musicians’ websites and in concert programs. He has extensively photographed food service training at the New Jersey Community FoodBank, including illustrating Doris Friedensohn’s book “Cooking for Change.” In addition, he continues to satisfy his early interest in landscape photography – particularly industrial sites.

Riskind’s work combines the aesthetic of black and white film photography with his love for the capabilities of digital photography. He lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey with his wife and a well-fed cat.


  • 2014 A Textile Mill in the 21st Century, Cottage Place Gallery, Ridgewood, NJ
  • 2014 Cooking for Change, Recent Photographs from the Food Service Training Academy, The Criminal Justice Gallery, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
  • 2014 A Textile Mill in the 21st Century, Salon No. 5 Gallery, Riverdale, NJ
  • 2013 Cooking for Change, Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton, NJ
  • 2013 Warehouse Portraits, Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton, NJ
  • 2013 Cooking for Change, Job Training in an Urban Food Bank, Edward Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ
  • 2010 Farnam’s Mill – an Abandoned Factory in the Berkshires & Marlboro Music Festival Portraits, Cottage Place Gallery, Ridgewood, NJ


  • 2013 Riverdale Art Center – Second Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, Riverdale, NJ, first prize, landscapes; second prize, interiors; and second prize, abstracts
  • 2012 Sixty Years of Marlboro Music, Drury Gallery, Marlboro College, Marlboro, NJ
  • 2011 Moment of Recognition, an Exploration of Portraiture in the New Millennium, Rita K. Hillman Gallery, The International Center of Photography, New York City, curated by Amy Arbus
  • 2010 Winners of Fort Dearborn International Photo Competition – 2010, Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL


  • 2014 Whose Food Revolution? Perspectives from a Food Service Training Academy, Radical Teacher, No. 98 (Winter 2014), photographs illustrating article by Doris Friedensohn
  • 2014 Textile mill photos on display in Ridgewood, by Eileen La Forgia, The Ridgewood News, 10 November 2014,
  • 2011 Cooking for Change: Tales from a Food Service Training Academy, Photographs by Steve Riskind, Text by Doris Friedensohn, Full Court Press, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
  • 2011 Kim Kashkashian, The Viola Explorer on her Continuous Quest, The Strad Magazine, May 2011, cover photo and photos illustrating article
  • 2010 Photographer returns to craft as second career, by Eileen La Forgia, The Ridgewood News, 5 November 2010,


  • Late–1950s photography mentorship with Robert Donald Erickson – Chicago photographer who collaborated with László Moholy-Nagy
  • 1965  Swarthmore College, BA, economics
  • 1967  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SM, management and organizational studies
  • 2008–present International Center of Photography, ongoing studies: portraiture, landscape, lighting, and digital post-production