Steve Riskind Photography

Steve Riskind is an independent photographer based in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Riskind’s work combines the aesthetic of black and white film photography with his love for the capabilities of digital photography.

News of Recent Publications

“art | commerce" Steve Riskind’s book “art | commerce: four artisan businesses grow in an old New Jersey industrial city” was published in July 2020.

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Over a period of eight years, Steve Riskind photographed four small businesses located in or near Paterson, New Jersey.  These “artisan businesses” are small, rely on skilled crafts people, and all are family owned.  They are a specialty textile firm, jewelry manufacturer, pipe organ builder and stained glass studio.  Each chapter focuses on one of these businesses.  Introductions to the chapters are based largely on Riskind’s interviews with owners of the firms.  In some cases additional research supplements the interviews.

Following each introductory essay are approximately 20 photographs taken at the business. The goal in taking the photographs was to capture the intensity of workers engaging with the materials they use.  These are not posed pictures showing workers holding products and smiling at the camera.  Rather they are images of skilled artisans in the process of creation.

“art | commerce” is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other booksellers. Please click on bookseller's name to view the book on their site.

Creating a Pipe Organ: Artisans at Work The Diapason, a pipe organ journal, has published a three-part series of Steve Riskind’s photographs showing pipe organ builders at work. The articles appeared in the August, October, and November 2020 issues of The Diapason.

Click on this link to view the first article in the series.

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