Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Moonbug Screening Invite

Invite to the screening of 'Moonbug', taking place:

Tuesday November 22nd
BAFTA Princess Anne Theatre
195 Piccadilly,

Followed by a Q+A with director Nichola Bruce, photographer Steve Pyke and Composer Matt Johnson, chaired by Sean O'Hagan.

If you would like to attend, RSVP to:

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Steve to chair World Press Photo Portrait Category

World Press Photo is proud to announce the jury chairs for the specialised categories in the 2012 Photo Contest: Steve Pyke (Portraits), Joel Sartore (Nature) and Koji Aoki (Sports). David Friend will chair the overall final jury, as well as the first round of the News and Documentary category.

Following the Photo Contest in February, the second Multimedia Contest will be judged in March, and will be open for entries by participants themselves.

2012 Photo Contest
As in previous years, the first rounds in three themed categories will be judged by specialists. Photographer and artist Steve Pyke, UK, is chairing the portrait category and Joel Sartore, USA, contributing photographer of National Geographic magazine, takes on the role of chair of the Nature category. The chair of the Sports category is Koji Aoki, Japan, chief photographer Aflo Sport / Aflo Dite and president Aflo Co., Ltd. As announced before, the news and documentary jury, as well as the final rounds of the judging, will be chaired by David Friend, Vanity Fair's editor of creative development.

The complete list of judges will be published at the beginning of December. Judging takes place at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam from 28 January until 9 February 2012. More details about the judging are available on

The 2012 Photo Contest will be open for participants to enter their work online from 1 December. The deadline for submissions is 12 January 2012. The results of the contest will be announced on 10 February in a press conference at the Amsterdam City Hall and on the foundation’s website.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Talk: Steve Pyke and Nichola Bruce Q+A after 'Moonbug' film screening

24 November 2011

Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton

A screening of the film MOONBUG followed by Q&A with director Nichola Bruce and photographer Steve Pyke.

A CINECITY talk in association with Photoworks

“What was it actually like to walk on the moon?” asks British photographer Steve Pyke. Winner of the Special Jury Award when it premiered at Houston International Film Festival earlier this year, MOONBUG explores the experiences of the science-fiction dream come true with the astronauts who made the bold step.

When photographer Steve Pyke went to meet and photograph the original team of the Apollo Space expedition, fellow Brit, Nichola Bruce went to film them. With archive footage of the Nasa moon landing and an original score from Matt Johnson (The The), Pyke shares intimate moments with his subjects and their frank accounts of the risk-taking, monumental journey.

An evolution of their collaborative touring exhibition ‘Man on the Moon’, MOONBUG is as much an exploration of memory and perception, and the documentation of time as it is space. The engaging, articulate astronauts offer philosophical insights into the motivations behind their participation and the bigger picture: how we understand and perceive the universe, where we fit in among these ‘signposts of history’, and the vulnerability of our lonely planet.

Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton

8.00pm Thursday 24 November 2011

£6 / £5
Tickets available in advance from this website, or on the evening of the event at the Sallis Benney Theatre.
For more information visit the CINECITY website

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Los Muertos Reviews and Features

A selection of features and reviews of Steve's 'Los Muertos' series:

- Full screen magazine feature here

'Steve Pyke discusses his approach to still life images'

"It felt like a church in there, but with a frozen congregation, I felt a hushed reverence to these figures. Im sure they would have been recognisable if I had been able to see photographs of what they looked like when alive but when these people died photography was only just being invented."

Joerg Colberg talks to Steve about the series

"I had photographed relics and mummified bodies in Spain, Italy and Portugal over the years. There is always something that fascinates me about the human form. In death it is particularly interesting."


Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Los Muertos on Conscientious and aCurator

Ahead of the 'Los Muertos' showing at Artjail this Thursday, here are two great articles on the series from:

Conscientious: Steve Pyke in Conversation with Joerg Colberg on the 'Los Muertos' series

aCurator: Full magazine photo feature

The opening show invite is also shown below for those in NY who would like to attend.

‘Los Muertos’ Steve Pyke
ARTJAIL 50 Eldridge Street,
th Floor NYC, NY 10002
Septemeber 23
rd – October 26th 2011

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Los Muertos at Artjail NYC September 23rd - October 26th

Steve's series of still life portraits from the mummies of Guanajuato in Mexico entitled 'Los Muertos' will be on show in New York at Artjail from the 23rd September to the 26th October.

You can read a conversation between Joerg Colberg and Steve on the series here

‘Los Muertos’ Steve Pyke
ARTJAIL 50 Eldridge Street,
th Floor NYC, NY 10002
Septemeber 23
rd – October 26th 2011

Sean O'Hagan reviews 'Philosophers' on guardian Art blog

Sean O'Hagan wrote a review for Steve's 'Philosophers' series, currently on show at Flowers Gallery, London.

The full article can be read by clicking on the image below.

"The Philosophers series, like all portraits, tells us something about mortality – theirs and ours. "As time passes by and you look at portraits," Cartier-Bresson once said, "the people come back to you like a silent echo. A photograph is a vestige of a face, a face in transit. Photography has something to do with death. It's a trace." One senses that AJ Ayer utterly understood that when he submitted his elderly, vulnerable self to Steve Pyke's scrutiny, setting this epic project in motion. In Pyke's portrait, Ayer's face is fixed forever in its calm inscrutability, defying us – and Pyke – to read it, sending the curious viewer elsewhere in search of meaning: towards his work, towards his words."

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Steve Pyke, An interview with Scope magazine

Steve was interviewed recently for the Summer edition of Scope magazine. The full interview which looks at Steve's career in full can be found by clicking the image below or by subscribing to Scope online.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Steve discusses his approach to still life images on Hungry Eye Magazine

Hungry Eye Magazine's 'Daily Eye' features Steve talking about his approach to still life images in a 2-part special here (Pt 1) and here (Pt 2)

'Los Muertos' ©STEVE PYKE

Steve's still life's can be seen online here

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Philosophers - The London Show from 7th Sep - 1st Oct

I'm having a London showing of my new Philosophers series which will co-incide with the UK book release of Philosophers, a second volume published by Oxford University Press.

It's at Flowers Central from September the 7th to October the 1st, the invite is attached along with the press release below.

Hope to see you there!




Thursday, 4 August 2011

Steve Pyke - Poguetry, The Lyrics of Shane MacGowan

The following video is a visual tour of Poguetry, a rare book originally published in 1988 that combines the lyrics of Shane MacGowan, illustrations by John Hewitt and photographs by Steve Pyke. Foreward read by Steve Pyke.

Thanks to Lauren DeBell for producing this video.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Steve talking on WFMU radio

Just a few days ago Steve spoke on WFMU radio about his life's work, and in particular his passion for photographing Philosophers, culminating in two books being published featuring these portraits.

The show has been archived and is available to listen to below.

June 27, 2011: Photo Op
This week photographer Steve Pyke tells us about his Philosopher portrait series and your host goes to France in search of photo books. Plus a remix of the three photographers we featured last year in the "Beyond the Fruited Plain" series: Richard Misrach, Alec Soth, and Naomi Harris.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Steve Pyke, Philosopers - An In Depth Video

An in-depth look at Steve's most recent gallery show in New York City. The show of philosophers he has photographed since 1993 includes individual prints and a large collage of contact sheets from each shoot. This piece shows a unique side of Steve's workflow as he discusses how photographing philosophers became a life-long project.

Video produced by Lauren DeBell

Steve Pyke - Philosophers from Lauren DeBell on Vimeo.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Philosophers book Pre-Order


The new 'Philosophers' books is available to pre-order in the UK from Amazon here
And in the US from Amazon here

Alternatively you can go direct to the publisher: Oxford University Press, and pre-order from there

Monday, 23 May 2011

The Bridge Sessions with Steve Pyke

Below are two great little videos with Steve talking to photographer Zack Smith. in the first video Steve talks about his passion for music and how it has informed and influenced his photography.

In the second video Zack talks to Steve about his image making process and the 'Philosophers' series. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Installation images from 'Philosophers' show at Flowers Gallery New York

Here are a few images from the installation of work and a contact sheet mural for the 'Philosophers' show at Flowers Gallery New York. The opening night is this Thursday 19th, and will be open until the 18th June. For more information on the exhibition and new Philosophers book, as well as an invite, head here.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Philosophers show - May 20- June 18, Flowers Gallery, New York

Hi there, I hope some of you can make it to the opening reception for the Philosophers show next week in New York. The show will be on display at Flowers Gallery from May 20th - June 18th.

The newly published Philosophers book will be available as well as a signed limited edition of both the 1993 book along with the new one!

best to you


There is more information on the image below!

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Steve Pyke at Slideluck Potshow XVI New York

Steve will be among a host of other photographers whose work will be shown at Slideluck Potshow XVI at the legendary St. Ann's Warehouse this Saturday, May 14th in Dumbo, Brooklyn! Tickets are limited and can be purchased here.

Steve will be showing images from the Philosophers series of which there is a new book out later this month. A limited signed edition will be available of both the first volume and the new volume, if you are interested in this limited edition set, please email.

Anthony Appiah
New York City
20 March 2003

The slideshow was curated by Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography for The New Yorker, and the theme is UPHEAVAL.
More details can be found here

Monday, 25 April 2011

Moonbug Wins at Houston Film Festival!

Nichola Bruce's documentary 'Moonbug', following Steve on his journey to meet and photograph the Apollo space pioneers has won the Houston Film Festival Special Jury Remi Award for Theatrical Feature Documentary!
You can find out more about the film on the official Moonbug website and see the trailer below:

Moonbug Trailer from moonbug the film on Vimeo.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Steve Pyke in conversation with Aidan Sullivan Apr 29th London

Steve Pyke will be in conversation with Aidan Sullivan for the In The Photographers Studio lecture at the Embankment Mezzanine in London Fri April 29.

This is part of the Sony World Photography Awards this year located in London. For more information click here

Patti Smith, New York, 2010 ©STEVE PYKE

Friday, 8 April 2011

Moonbug Premiere and Trailer

Hi everyone!

A film about the Astronauts I photographed that walked on the moon opens at the
Houston Film Festival on May 19!

Visit the website for more information and trailers from the film (one of which is shown below)

I was much younger and the voice a little higher!

best to you all there....... Steve

Moonbug Trailer from moonbug the film on Vimeo.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

'Jack' series to be shown Sat Mar 20th, NY

Dear Friends

I am having a show of my Jack series shortly in NY, should be a great event

Saturday, 19 February 2011

'Moonbug' selected for World premiere at Houston International Film Festival

Dr Buzz Aldrin, Los Angeles, 1998 ©STEVE PYKE

'Moonbug' featuring Steve Pyke officially selected for world premiere by the Houston international Film Festival!

Steve said
'The synchronicity of opening so close to NASA and the Space Centre is wonderful and just feels so completely right.

The documentary has also been nominated for a Remi Award in the feature film category

The documentary 'Moonbug' directed by Nichola Bruce that follows Steve on his lifelong ambition to photograph many of the people that were integral to the American space programme that led to the first moon landing, for more information and clips, see Nichola's website