Bio Steve's body of work spans conflicts, ancient traditions, and culture, yet always retains the human element.
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Istanbul, Turkey, 1998. Fortune telling has played an important role in Turkish culture dating back thousands of years. With such a long history, fortune-telling comes in many forms; including water, tea, coffee, and palm reading. Here, a fortune teller's rabbits select folded fortunes from a tray for passersby and tourists.
Taiz, Yemen, 1997. Much of the city has been destroyed and this market in Taiz no longer exists. Taiz is the third largest city in Yemen and was considered the cultural capital of the country. The city has endured intense military confrontation during the ongoing 2015 Yemeni Civil War. The United Nations warned of an "extreme and irreversible" food shortage if fighting continued.
Portrait of a young woman, Mocha, Yemen, 1997. War has been raging for the last two years inside Yemen. More than 8,670 people have been killed and 49,960 injured since 2015. The conflict has also left 20.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, leading to a cholera outbreak that is believed to have affected 913,000 people and caused 2,196 deaths.
Beirut, Lebanon, 1982. I photographed this man waiting for relatives on one side of the divided city. After years of civil war the center of Beirut was in ruins. The city was divided between east and west with only a few checkpoints allowing people to pass. Warring factions controlled different parts of the city. They each required credentials to cross the "Green Line" that divided the eastern and western parts of the city. I carried 5 different credentials issued by the warring factions in separate pockets.