Represented by the legendary Amstel Gallery in the Netherlands, Patricia Steur has been a successful independent photographer since 1980. In her career, tattoo and rock and roll play an important role. In the above image, Ms. Steur beautifully captures a rare look of vulnerability, for sexy rocker Anthony Kiedis of L.A's famed punk band the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Ms. Steur's books include 'The Rock Star Tattoo Encyclopedia' (1982) and 'De Laatste Ridders' (1990), a book containing portraits of heroes who were decorated for their efforts during WW 2. This book was made into a documentary. A third book 'Het leven is de Speelbal van de Tijd,' (1999) of black and white portraits of famous artists was also met with critical acclaim. "Made in Holland" (2004) was her 4th book about successful immigrants in Holland.
Her photographic interests range from portraits of celebrities to tribal tattoos, from rock and roll to royalty. Her portraits include rock and roll legends such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, various artists including Andy Warhol and Dennis Hopper, politicians and royalty. Many of these photos can be seen in her latest book 'Selected Portraits' which was launched in conjunction with a successful traveling exhibition in 2005.
Her greatest passion is in photographing indigenous people with tribal tattoos. She was able to work on a special project in this genre thanks to an invitation by Maori tattoo artist Gordon Toi Hatfield who is based in New Zealand. This collaboration has produced five successful exhibitions in The Netherlands. An exceptional book 'Dedicated by Blood' portraying the renaissance of traditional tattooing in New Zealand was the final result. In November 2002 the book was launched in the Scheepvaart (Maritime) Museum in Amsterdam with an exhibition which was visited by over twenty-five thousand people.
Since 1987 she has had 28 exhibitions of her work in Holland and abroad. Her last mass exhibition was again in collaboration with Gordon Toi Hatfield. Patricia exhibited new images as well as classic photos from the book 'Dedicated by Blood.' The opening was the 10th of June 2006 in Galery Studio Apart in Amsterdam called ARA TAPU which refers to Rites of Passage.
This year two other books will go to press. 'Dutch Beauty,' a book about powerful women from all walks of life who made a difference for the Netherlands. This will be combined with an exhibition, and a book about rock and roll legend 'Willy de Ville,' pictures and memories dating back to 1981.
Recent showing of selected images of Patricia Steur, this year at the Los Angeles Art Show, won raves from fans and buyers alike. She is one of the most interesting and sought after documentary photographer's of our time. She resides in The Netherlands.
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