Stockland Martel is now representing Steven Lippman! “Bill and I are proud to welcome Steven Lippman to our roster,” says Maureen. “Steven is a lifelong Californian who embodies the West Coast lifestyle: He’s a surfer, a skateboarder, incredibly energetic. And you can see that in his work. It captures that ideal.”
To learn more about Steven, and to see selections from his portfolio, please read on. And to view his official Stockland Martel online portfolios, visit http://stocklandmartel.com/talent/steven-lippman/photography.
Steven Lippman is a highly versatile photographer whose work has appeared everywhere from the pages of entertainment and fashion magazines, to key art for TV shows such as HBO’s True Blood, to campaigns for Harley-Davidson, Verizon, Paul Mitchell, Coors Light, and Sony, among others.
He’s also something of a pioneer. Steven began shooting motion in 1995, assembling a team to shoot 16MM (this was well before video-capable cameras were the norm) alongside him on his jobs. He has since gone on to directing national TV commercials and groundbreaking viral campaigns. “Directing is now a huge part of my arsenal,” he notes.
Steven was born in Los Angeles and quickly fell in love with surfing and skateboarding. In the 1970s, skateboarding was just beginning to emerge as a culture unto itself, and it was guys like Steven who helped establish the style, moves, and music that are now indelibly associated with the scene. “There were no rules, nothing that came before that you could follow,” he recalls. “So at a young age, you were forced to go out and create. You just made whatever street corner, parking lot, or empty swimming pool happen.”
For years, Steven traveled the world as a successful model and surf/skate competitor. It was during this time that he began taking photos, avidly documenting his friends and life on the road. His talent was evident from the start, and when he returned to California, he embraced photography as a career, approaching his work with the same unflagging dedication that he does surfing. “I put my heart and soul into everything I do,” Steven notes. “As a baseline, my goal is to deliver what the client has asked for, but I’ll always explore additional creative perspectives they may not have considered.”
An avid environmentalist, Steven is the director of The Blue Project, a nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve the world’s oceans by combining the efforts of like-minded groups and through education. He’s also an ambassador for SurfAid International, a nonprofit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the health, well being, and self-reliance of people living in isolated communities. And he volunteers his time to Surfers Healing, which provides autistic children with the opportunity to experience the thrill of surfing.
“The disease of autism has a way of imprisoning children inside their own minds. Surfing seems to unlock those doors in a very special way, granting them precious moments of freedom,” he explains. “Twice a year, we take kids surfing for the whole day. It’s the most humbling and emotional thing I’ve ever experienced.”
Steven lives with his wife and two children in Malibu, where he is still an avid surf competitor. A self-described family of artists and surfers, they all do their best to enjoy the ocean, even if only briefly, every single day.
Selections from Steven’s portfolio: