Introduction | Personal BIOS | Bibliography | Cinema Greek | Language | History | Guides
Glenn Steiner has explored more than fifty-eight Greek islands by sailboat, motorcycle, ferry boat, donkey and sandaled foot. Glenn's love for Greece and all things Hellenic began twenty-one years ago when he first set foot on the magical island of Santorini.
"The light was extraordinary! All things shifted into greater clarity." To paraphrase Henry Miller in his Colossus of Maroussi, no ugliness could exist in light such as this, only degrees of beauty.
With that first step, Glenn began a journey of study and insight that has taken him to study with Dr. Maria Kotzamanidou of the University of California Berkeley and to San Francisco State University, to focus on the modern and ancient Greek language, their literature, history, movies, art and philosophy.
"The academic experience can carry you only so far. As Plato said in his Dialogues, one must make a choice whether to look at the shadows of the fire, dancing on the cave's wall, or to look directly at the fire itself."
Glenn travels the islands two months a year in search of enlightenment: writing, exploring, teaching and photographing.
In the off-season, Glenn Steiner shoots advertising and corporate photography on location for the world's largest corporations. His assignments have taken him to Europe: Greece, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Turkey, to Asia: the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, and across North America: Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Canada, Alaska and over twenty-five of the continental United States. Glenn's commercial work has captured many national and regional photographic awards to date. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts Rental Gallery represents Glenn Steiner's fine art Greek prints and photography. His stock photograph was represented by Freelance Photographer's Guild, the oldest and first stock agency in the world and is now represented by Getty Images.
Glenn is the Co-President of the American Society of Media Photographer-ASMP/NorCal, the Society for Photographic Education-SPE, and National Association of Photoshop Professionals-NAPP.
After completing his English degree at Willamette University, Glenn transferred to the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography in 1970, to better master the technical, scientific demands of the photography business.
Yet, technique without the powerful balance of art and expression left Glenn wanting for more.
Glenn's epiphany struck during Ansel Adams' "Nude and the Landscape" workshop in the early 70's. He studied the Zone System with Wynn Bullock and Imogen Cunningham. His life was changed. The synergy of technique and art and expression could be achieved without the selling of one's soul. For Glenn, the die had been cast.
The second Ansel Adams' workshop in 1975 brought further revelation, while studying with international masters: Eikoh Hosoe from Japan, and Lucien Clergue of France. Inspired, he pulled up stakes and moved immediately to San Francisco.Glenn continued his studies at the San Francisco Art Institute working with Aaron Siskind, Ruth Bernhard, Oliver Gagliani, and Pirkle Jones (Ansel Adams' first assistant).
Glenn finished his second degree in 1976, and opened his first studio, Glenn Steiner Photography, in San Francisco's SOMA.
For the next twenty-five years, Glenn's studio specialized in revolutionary, experimental work. Using in-camera masking with up to five exposures, multiple images were merged directly onto a single piece of film.
"We had to do it right the first time. Within this discipline, there was no margin for error. Everything had to be placed well and lit perfectly. In retrospect, it was in this way using analog technology that Rose, my assistants and I pre-staged the 'look' and the 'feel' of Photoshop by fifteen years."
"The digital revolution has transformed photography in terms of its immediacy and flexibility. Digital cameras continue to progress on the quality level. I believe that digital has now surpassed the look and feel of traditional photography."
Glenn has been shooting digital assignments since 1999.
After thousands of successful analog and digital projects, Glenn and Rose bring their combined experience and interdisciplinary teaching philosophy to Greek Island Workshops.
I've included a partial bibliography of Greek reading that I have studied and enjoyed for your reading pleasure.
The Iliad, Homer (translated by Robert Fagles & Bernard Knox)
The Odyssey, Homer (translated by Robert Fagles & Bernard Knox)
Santorini, Dr Walter Friedrich
The Girl with the Golden Eyes, Stratis Myrivilis
The Mermaid Madonna, Stratis Myrivilis
Life in the Tomb, Stratis Myrivilis
Tales From a Greek Island, Papadiamantis
Zorba The Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis
Love and Freedom, Nikos Kazantzakis
The Odyssey, Nikos Kazantzakis
Christ Recrucified, Nikos Kazantzakis
Odysseus Unbound, Nikos Kazantzakis
The Colossus of Maroussi, Henry Miller
Reinventing Paradise, Edmund Keeley
The Songs of Kings, Barry Unsworth
The Greeks Have a Word for It, Barry Unsworth
Pascali's Island, Barry Unsworth
Crete, Barry Unsworth
Dinner With Persephone, Patricia Storace
Sailing The Wine Dark Sea, Thomas Cahill
Fire In The Sea, Walter Friedrich
Voyage To Atlantis, James W. Mavor
Greek Waters Pilot, Heikell
Eleni, Nicholas Gage
Portrait of Greece, Nicholas Gage
The Greek Islands, Lawrence Durrell
The Alexandria Quartet, Lawrence Durrell
Bitter Lemons, Lawrence Durrell
My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell
Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
Collected Poems, C. P. Cavafy
Greek Poetry Translations, M. Byron Raizis
Xenos, David A. Ross
A Winter Garden, David A. Ross
Two Thrillers: What Did The Blackbird Hear? & Replay, Giorgos Maniotis
Kalamas and Acheron, Christoforos Milionis
The Old Curiosity Shop, Costoula Mitropoulou
The Magus, John Fowles
Joanna and Ulysses, May Sarton
The Cretan Runner, George Psychoundakis
The Greek-O-File, a compendium of writings about Greece, Sylvia & Terry Cook
The Olive Grove, Katherine Kizilos
Dancing Girl, Thordis Simonsen
The Jason Voyage, Tim Severin
We Followed Odysseus, Hal Roth
The Counter-Tenor's Daughter, Elizabeth Falconer
A Lone Red Apple, Aurelia
Bitter Sea, Faith Warn
The Xania Town News, Douglas Bullis
The Athenian Murders, Jose Carlos Somoza
Death in Cyprus, M. M. Kaye
Aphrodite's Island, Andrew John Garcia
A Journey to Crete, Popi Panagis
A House in Corfu, Emma Tennant
On A Greek Island, Fionnuala Brennan
Still Life in Crete, Anthony Cox
Separate Lives, Sara Hylton
One Mykonos, James Davidson
Patouchas, Ioannis Konkylakis
The Priest Fainted, Catherine Davidson
It's All Greek to Me, John Mole
The Summer of my Greek Taverna, Tom Stone
Greek Salad, Miles Lambert-Gocs
Zorba the Greek - Michael Kakogiannis
A Touch of Spice - Tassos Boulmetis
Z - Costa Gravas
Amerika Amerika - Elia Kazan
Stella - Michael Kakogiannis
A Matter of Dignity - Michael Kakogiannis
Elektra - Michael Kakogiannis
Atillos - Michael Kakogiannis
The Girl in Black - Michael Kakogiannis
Iphigenia - Michael Kakogiannis
Ulysses Gaze - Angelopoulos
Eternity and a Day - Angelopoulos
The Poor Devil (in Greek) - Thanassos Vengos
The Drunkard (in Greek) -
Macedonia - Manakia
Shirley Valentine -
Mamma Mia -
Summer Lovers - Kleiser
Manual of Modern Greek, Farmakides
Teach Yourself Greek, Aristarhos Matsukas
Berlitz Greek Phrase Book & Dictionary
Oxford Greek Minidictionary
Pocket Oxford Greek Dictionary
600 Modern Greek Verbs, Carmen Capri-Karka
A Concise History of Greece, Clogg
Greek Mythology, Sofia Souli
Greek Islands, Lonely Planet, written in part by my friend, Michael Clark
The Greek Islands, Rough Guide
Greek Island Hopping 2013 (etc), Freewin Poffley
Greek Islands, Frommer's
The Greek Islands, Eyewitness
Greece, Let's Go
Greece, National Geographic Traveler
Off The Beaten Track: Greece, Geoffrey Brown
Insight Pocket Guide: Athens, Elizabeth Boleman-Herring
A Literary Companion to Travel in Greece, Richard Stoneman
Greece, A Traveler's Literary Companion, Artemis Leontis