Maggie Steber

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Maggie Steber
EducationUniversity of Texas
Known forPhotography
AwardsAlicia Patterson Foundation Grant, Ernst Haas Grant, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Grant, Guggenheim Foundation Grant, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Lucie Award

Maggie Steber is an American documentary photographer.[1] Her work has documented a wide range of issues, including the African slave trade, Native American issues in the United States, natural disasters, and science.[2]

Steber has produced the book Dancing on Fire: Photographs from Haiti. She is a member of VII Photo Agency and has been awarded a first prize World Press Photo award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Life and work[edit]

Steber was born in Texas.[1] She studied journalism and art at the University of Texas at Austin.[1] Early in her career, she lived and worked in Galveston, Texas, working as a reporter and photographer for The Galveston Daily News and as a picture editor for Associated Press in New York City.[3] Steber was a director of photography for the Miami Herald and is a contributor to magazines including Life, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Smithsonian, People, Newsweek, Time, Sports Illustrated, The Sunday Times Magazine, and Merian Magazine of Germany.[3]

Steber has worked in Haiti for over 25 years documenting the history and culture of the Haitian people.[4] Her essays on Haiti have appeared in The New York Times and she has a monograph titled Dancing on Fire: Photographs from Haiti.[2]

National Geographic has published her essays on Miami, the African slave trade, the Cherokee Nation, sleep, soldiers’ letters, Dubai and a story on the science of memory.[2] Steber was one of eleven photographers included in National Geographic's 2013 exhibition, Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment.[5]

Steber is a member of VII Photo Agency.[6] She is also a member of Facing Change Documenting America, a group of civic-minded photographers covering important American issues.[2][7] She currently lives in Miami, Florida.


Publications by Steber[edit]

  • Dancing on Fire: Photographs from Haiti. New York City: Aperture, 1991. ISBN 978-0893814977.

Publications with contributions by Steber[edit]



  1. ^ a b c Powell, Jim (14 November 2013). "Maggie Steber's best photograph: Hunger Overcomes Fear". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-01-17 – via
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Maggie Steber Biography :: National Geographic's Women of Vision". National Geographic. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  3. ^ a b c "Photographer Maggie Steber Biography -- National Geographic". National Geographic. 2017-04-25. Archived from the original on March 13, 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  4. ^ McVeigh, Tracy (24 May 2014). "War photographers are unique, driven and talented - without them the world would be blind". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-01-17 – via
  5. ^ Richardson, Whitney (10 October 2013). "Women on the Front Lines and Behind the Lens". Lens Blog. The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  6. ^ "Maggie Steber". VII Photo Agency. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  7. ^ "Facing Change: documenting America – in pictures". The Guardian. 28 October 2015. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-01-17 – via
  8. ^ "Maggie Steber". World Press Photo. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  9. ^ "Maggie Steber". Alicia Patterson Foundation. Accessed 12 March 2017
  10. ^ "Maggie Steber". John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Retrieved 2019-01-17.

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