Born in New York City, and a long-time Colorado resident, Sheldon Steinhauser is a fine art emerging photographer. Steinhauser comes to his photographic images from a background as a college teacher of aging and social issues, human rights advocate and diversity consultant. He has received numerous awards for his activism, including an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Regis University, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award, the Latin American Research and Service Agency's Founder's Award and the Award for Professional Staff Excellence of the Anti-Defamation League. Since first entering shows in late 2003, his photographic work has been exhibited in juried competitions in the Washington, D.C. area, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and in Denver, Greenwood Village, Lakewood, Littleton, Longmont and Louisville, Colorado.
In his own words...
"Although I have pursued several classes and workshops and continue to do so, I am largely self-taught in the medium. My photographs speak of connections to the simple realities around me in my Colorado home and the diversity around the globe that fills and enriches our lives - the children who give us hope, the older adults who give us wisdom, the beauty in the landscape that nourishes our inner self, the 'things' we see that help us to not take ourselves so seriously - and so much more. Whether on a nature trail, experiencing the breathtaking beauty of our wildflowers set against a mountain backdrop, or walking through an unusual city "dump" with its fun-filled discards or serendipitously finding a group of children sitting on a bench, reflecting a vision of America, or traveling through the villages and cities of southeast Asia, the camera has become my eye to open up many parts of life. So much of what I do reflects my inner sense of connectedness and optimistic vision - perhaps my bias - that with all its travails life is filled with so many blessings, if only we would open up our eyes and see."