Street Photography + Capturing Truth with Steven John Irby

Steve John Irby, aka Steve Sweatpants, is a renowned street photographer and cofounder of Street Dreams Magazine, a beautiful zine that is unlike anything of it’s kind featuring up and coming photographers and crowd sourced photography in beautiful layouts and stories.

The majority of Steve’s photographic work is derived from the endless source of inspiration found in his home turf in NYC with intriguing travel logs to round out what has become an insanely compelling portfolio that is behind his rapidly emerging recognition in the photojournalism community. Most recently his photography around the racial equality and BLM movement has been published in incredible places like GQ and the New Yorker.

Of course, we dive into Steve’s journey from working in retail & playing video games to being on assignment for GQ and others.  We also get into:

  • The meaning of no and how it can both set your back and more importantly, fuel your work
  • Sources of inspiration, motivation, and learning.
  • Developing a personal style, and how to determine the stories to tell
  • and so much more…


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