Will Steacy

United States 1980


Will Steacy
Will Steacy
United States
February 4, 2015
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Will Steacy is an American photographer and writer, one who focuses on social themes—he has documented the American landscape within the context of the 2008 housing and finance crises, pictured pockets of poverty throughout America, and noted how underserved communities organize and define themselves.

He received a B.F.A. from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University in 2003. Steacy comes from a line of newspapermen and union laborers, and so he has incorporated this heritage into his artistic mission and work—two series, “ Deadline” and “Ink In My Blood”, for example, document the history, working conditions, glory, and economic threats faced by The Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper. Much of his oeuvre therefore borders on the photojournalistic, despite being carefully crafted so as to convey the complicated circumstances of contemporary life in the United States.

Since the early aught, Steacy has exhibited his work widely, including in shows at the Noorderlicht Foundation in Groningen, the Netherlands, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, the Aperture Foundation in New York, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Steacy was a 2008 Tierney Fellow, and he was the recipient of the Juror’s Choice Award at from Project Launch. His work can be found in the collections of the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee, the Library of Congress, the International Center of Photography, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.

Steacy was named 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers by The Center for Documentary Studies and one of PDN’s 30 Under 30. His critically acclaimed books Photographs Not Taken and Down These Mean Streets were published in 2012. He is a recipient of The Aperture Foundation Green Cart Commission and Tierney Fellowship and nominated for the 2014 Rencontres d’Arles Discovery Award. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, Mother Jones, The Paris Review, Aperture, Colors, Wired, Forbes, Time, Newsweek, Foam, The Guardian, HBO, CNN and he has been a guest on NPR, BBC and PBS.

Will Steacy lives and works in New York.

Year Exhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015UntitledFoundation Vevey ville d’Images Vevey, Switzerland, Solo
2015UntitledAnnenburg Space For Photography, Los AngelesGroup
2014UntitledNoorderlicht Foundation Groningen, The Netherlands, Solo
2014UntitledChristophe Guye Gallery, SwitzerlandGroup
2014UntitledSeoul Lunar Photo Fest, Korea, OctoberGroup
2014UntitledLakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, EnglandGroup
2014UntitledRencontres d’Arles 2014, Arles, FranceGroup
2013UntitledChristophe Guye Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland, JanuarySolo
2013UntitledBienne Festival of Photography, Biel, SwitzerlandGroup
2013UntitledNoorderlicht Photofestival 2013, Groningen, The NetherlandsGroup
2013UntitledLook3 Festival of the Photograph CharlottesvilleGroup
2012UntitledSilver Eye Center for Photography, PittsburghSolo
2012UntitledAmerika Haus, Munich, GermanyGroup
2011UntitledMichael Mazzeo Gallery, New YorkSolo
2011UntitledChristophe Guye Gallery, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
2011UntitledEmpty Quarter Gallery, Dubai, United Arab EmiratesGroup
2011UntitledNoorderlicht Photofestival 2011, Groningen, The NetherlandsGroup
2011UntitledRing Cube Gallery, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2011UntitledPhiladelphia Photo Arts Center, PhiladelphiaGroup
2011UntitledAperture Foundation, New YorkGroup
2011UntitledIllinois State University, Normal, ILGroup
2011UntitledMichael Mazzeo Gallery, New YorkGroup
2011UntitledMuseum of the City of New York, New YorkGroup
2011UntitledHaggerty Museum of Art, MilwaukeeGroup
2011UntitledOgden Museum Of Southern Art, New OrleansGroup
2010UntitledMichael Mazzeo Gallery, New YorkSolo
2010UntitledHomeSpace Gallery, PhotoNOLA, New OrleansGroup
2010UntitledCorcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DCGroup
2010UntitledChristophe Guye Gallery, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2010UntitledMuseum of Fine Arts, TallahasseeGroup
2010UntitledFotoFest Biennial, HoustonGroup
2010UntitledPhoto Center NW, SeattleGroup
2010UntitledOgden Museum Of Southern Art, New OrleansGroup
2009UntitledGulf and Western Gallery, New York University, June-AugustSolo
2009UntitledF.Stop International Photography Festival, Leipzig, GermanyGroup
2009UntitledNew York Photo Festival, BrooklynGroup
2009UntitledGriffin Museum of Photography, BostonGroup
2009UntitledMichael Mazzeo Gallery, New YorkGroup
2009UntitledAlexey Brodovitch Gallery, New YorkGroup
2009UntitledGalerie Art Mur, MontrealGroup
2008UntitledKathleen Cullen Fine Art, New YorkGroup
2008UntitledLennox Contemporary, TorontoGroup
2008UntitledLeica Gallery, New YorkGroup
2008UntitledMichael Mazzeo Gallery, New YorkGroup
2008UntitledGulf and Western Gallery, New York UniversityGroup
2008UntitledRooke Gallery, Johannesburg, South AfricaGroup
2007UntitledPeer Gallery, New York, AprilSolo
2007UntitledArchinofsky Gallery, Las VegasSolo
2007UntitledThe Woods Gallery, Sun ValleySolo
2007UntitledPeer Gallery, New YorkGroup
2007UntitledAfrican American Museum of Art, PhiladelphiaGroup
2007UntitledAcademy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2007UntitledContemporary Arts Center, Abilene, DecemberGroup
2006UntitledBau Gallery, BeaconSolo
2006UntitledGulf and Western Gallery, New York UniversityGroup
2006UntitledThe Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati,Group
2006UntitledGail Gibson Gallery, SeattleGroup
2006UntitledHouston Center for PhotographyGroup
2006UntitledNathan Cummings Foundation, New YorkGroup
2006UntitledThe Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort CollinsGroup
2006UntitledHinterconti Gallerie, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2006UntitledNew Orleans Museum of ArtGroup
2005UntitledPhiladelphia Art Alliance, PhiladelphiaGroup