Steve Coleman, Ph.D
In the year Steve Coleman was born, French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson defined the decisive moment. Coleman, like Cartier-Bresson, is a photojournalist who recognizes photography as an art and as a reporting tool. Coleman’s 34 years of photographic adventures include the 1987 Winter International Special Olympics, a WC-130J air flight with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (Hurricane Hunters) from Keesler Air Force Base through the eye of Hurricane Kate, Super Bowls, the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga. Pope John Paul II’s visit to the U.S., and presidential campaign trails. His chance, uninvited inclusion into the White House Press Corps on the Pentagon’s River Parade Field to welcome the head of NATO proved his adage that the right camera and the right attitude can get you far. He is an award-winning photojournalist who worked for several newspapers, and now freelances in the southern region of the U.S. Coleman’s more recent images incorporate an artistic approach to his documentary work and reveal his eye for detail and expression in simple subjects. An instructor in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi, Coleman continues to shoot for the Associated Press and is on the board of the Hattiesburg area camera club, Cameraderie and the Hattiesburg Arts Council. His doctoral studies focused on photo editors’ ethical decisions during a time when the advancement in post processing of digital images first blurred the line between the image that documents a moment and the image that illustrates a vision. He teaches multimedia, graphic design and photography classes.