Steven Laxton was born in rural Australia and after moving to Adelaide, he began shooting for local magazines and clients while he was still a teenager. Recognition came early when in 2008 he was named one of the 15 Rising Stars of International photography by American Photo Magazine. When in 2009 Communication Arts named him a "Fresh" artist it coincided with the inclusion of his series on Holocaust survivors in the book and project "Afterwards: Contemporary Photography Confronting the Past" curated by Nathalie Herschdorfer of the Musée de l’Elysée.
In 2012, Steven was awarded the Arnold Newman Prize for his evocative photo essays and portraits. In 2012 he also earned the Picture of the Year International Feature award and a PDN award for his project “Circo El Salvador” featuring images of nomadic circus families in El Salvador. He was named the 2013 “International Friend of El Salvador” as a result of the series, a distinction considered one of the country’s highest honors.
Steven’s images were included in the American Photography 29 collection for 2013. In 2013 a film he directed in for “Rewrite Your Story” won several Art Directors awards including best direction and casting, the same film also collected a Deadly Award.
In 2014 he was named one of PDNs 20 emerging filmmakers to watch. In 2015 he was selected again for the PDN Annual for his series on a Transgender Cabaret in Thailand.
Steven’s work engages a heightened nature, injecting a dreamy quality as a comment on how memory interacts with reality. Memory is far more ephemeral than photographs, something that Steven is particularly aware in his portraiture. He explains, “A portrait is a record of your interaction with someone. It’s who they are and what you shared.” He’s honed his style working under photographers like Platon, Mary Ellen Mark, Craig McDean, and Steven Meisel. Steven’s work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collection of the Portland Museum of Art.