Steve Weiss is a Phoenix native of the worst kind, the kind that prattles on endlessly about the good old days when there was nothing North of Camelback Road and folks rode horseback through the neighborhood on the way to the desert.
Exposed to photography in high school, he only complicated matters by attending the San Francisco Art Institute and Arizona State University, getting a B.F.A. in 1978 that taught him the difference between the "winkin'" eye" and the "shootin' eye".
In 1980, he began his fine art photography company Candid Landscapes, with the intention of looking at the natural and urban scene with a fresh and uncontrived approach. Corporate and private clients collect his photographs, which use traditional methods of archival black and white and color photography, as well as unconventional Polaroid landscapes.
His work is in the fine art collections of Del Webb Corporation, Salt River Project, the Gallagher Kennedy and Streich Lang law firms and many other private collections.
Weiss also runs the independent film programming company No Festival Required, which screens new and thoughtful cinema in the Greater Phoenix area.