Selected as a member of the late photographer Richard Avedon's first master class held at his studio from February 28th until April 26th, 1967. His partner was the late Marvin Israel, art director, photographer, designer, former director of Seventeen, Harper's Bazaar and Atlantic Records. Participants were assigned weekly projects critiqued by other workshop members, Avedon, Israel and various weekly visitors. These included photographers Hiro, Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Lee Frielander, Danny Lyon, Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, and John Szarkowski; Director of the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art (1962 - 1991). This workshop was modeled after Alexey Brodovitch's Design Lab which was started in 1933 at Philadelphia's Museum of Industrial Art.
Steve Banks's photography is included in the permanent collections of: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and The Jimi Hendrix Museum
1938 Born in Washington, D.C. on February 14.
1952 Awarded Middle School Scholarship, Chicago Art Institute. First prize National Scholastic Magazine, work hung in the Carnage Institute, Pittsburgh.
1953 Continues Scholarship study at Chicago Institute. First and Second Prize National Scholastic Magazine, work exhibited at the Carnage Institute, Pittsburgh.
1956 - 1960 Graphic Illustrator United States Air Force.
1959 First and Second Prize, Mixed Media, West Texas State Fair.
1960 - 1964 Art Director, Leo Burnett Company, Chicago.
1962 Individual Exhibition Contemporary Art Gallery, Evanston, Illinois
1963 Group Exhibition, International Gallery, Chicago Illinois
1964 Group Exhibition, International Gallery, Chicago Illinois
1964 - 1967 Executive Art Director-Producer, Erwin Wasey Inc., Advertising, Los Angeles
1966 Group Exhibition, Larchmont Gallery, Los Angeles
1967 - 1970 Vice president Associate Creative Director - Executive Producer, William Esty Company, Advertising, New York
1967 Group Exhibition, Stern Gallery, Darien, Connecticut
1968 Group Exhibition, Strawberry Contemporary, Stamford, Connecticut
1970 - 1974 Executive Art Director - Producer/Director, McCann Erickson and Standard Ogilvy, San Paulo, Brazil
1972 Individual Exhibition, Bela Vista Contompo Galleria, São Paulo, Brazil
1973 Group Exhibition, Flavio Cohen Galleria, São Paulo, Brazil
1973 Group Exhibition, Leme’ Contompo Galleria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1974 Group Exhibition, Martins Agusta Galleria, São Paulo, Brazil
1974 - 1980 Independent Producer of television commercials, Los Angeles
1980 - 1983 Vice President Broadcast Production, Dailey & Associates, Advertising, Los Angeles
1984 - 2000 Partner, Wright-Banks Films, Los Angeles
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