I SEE YOU
I'm Brad Stein and I am a photographer and artist in the California Bay Area. I was born in a small town but destined for a large life. I knew early on that the camera could help me remember a life that I may someday forget. I started first with 35 mm, but then later found my true passion for instant film. It taught me to be careful yet unapologetic in whatever happened in the shots I took.
I believe in the moment, for whatever it is, the true nature of being ephemeral. I love instant photography because it is what it is. Sometimes it is perfect and sometimes it is far from it, but either way, it’s just as important. To me it’s all about finding the right moment, everything else is secondary.
My photography is based on life as it happens. That is to say, I take pictures as they happen letting the story play out on its own, a mixture of documentation and voyeurism. I want others to see the world that I saw in the life that I lived. No excuses, no apologies, and most importantly no regrets. Polaroid’s are important to me because they are almost always less than perfect. I stand behind the idea that they produce something of a memory that may go foggy but is never truly forgotten.
In the end, the medium is the message, what I’m trying to say is more important than how it is said.
Work and Features
I am here to tell a story.
ELLO - NEW PHOTOGRAPHER FEATURE - 2018
100.CO - FEATURE Vol.3 DREAMS - 2018
POLAROIDOFTHEDAY - GUEST - 2016
POLAROID RETURNS (2x) FEATURE - 2018
RETROSPEKT - FEATURE - 2018
ANALOG CAFE - FEATURE - 2018
INSTANT - FEATURE - 2018
FILM SHOOTERS COLLECTIVE - ABIGAIL CRONE- POLAROID ROUND UP - OCTOBER 2018
HAPPYLUCKYNO1 - FEATURE - DECEMBER 2018
CROSSWALKS MAGAZINE - FEATURE - DECEMBER 2018
Prints available upon request. Contact for selections and pricing. Available for hire, both commissions and events.
*All photo credit on this page belongs to Nicole Stein*