Stephen Best has been working in photography for nearly forty years. Spanning his prolific practice, his photographic works are in an endless conversation with each other. Best’s current collection is often a reinterpretation and reinvention of older work – a composed variation of a way of seeing. Photography allows Best an opportunity to freeze and slice apart the constant flood of visual imagery available in modern culture as he crafts his unique viewpoint by distilling imagery.
Best is passionate about innovation, and he is perpetually in search of new ways to make images, whether by classic photographic techniques or by implementing digital techniques. His photos are typically inkjet prints on paper printed in limited editions, and he frequently collages images together, occasionally inserting text. There is no imagery that is off-limits for Best, as he believes that beauty and plainness have the same value and need for recognition. Best’s compositional techniques resonate in the cinematic, yet with his eye for photography as a guide, Stephen Best is capturing the world, piece by piece, moment by moment.