When I began working in film on TV commercials and music videos, Stephen Verona was one of the film directors I most admired. He is considered the father of music videos and an innovative film director. One of his first films ‘The Lord’s Of Flatbush’ is semi-autobiographical about his life growing up in Brooklyn in the 1950s. Stephen is a renaissance man; film director, artist, and photographer. What I like about his photographs is the painterly, cinematic quality. The light, color, and composition draws the viewer in. I am pleased to showcase the photography of Stephen Verona on HipSilver.
Stephen Verona is that rare 20th Century artist. Born in Illinois and raised in Brooklyn, New York he has traveled the world - his art and films reflect his astute observations. He has been painting since he was two, when he put his fingers in shoe polish and rubbed it on the wall.
Stephen attended the Brooklyn Museum school, which he credits along with The School of Visual Arts for changing him from his rebellious black leather into his artistic corduroy. He has painted, sculpted, photographed and made films. One of his photographs was given the Edward Steichen award from the Museum of Modern Art. Five of his films have been accepted into the Museum of Modern Art and in the Library of Congress.