Steven Lippman Jumps In with Showtime's 'The Affair'
Sometimes the greatest damage we do to each other is damage of the heart. Showtime’s explosive series, ‘The Affair,’ explores the myriad ways we destroy each other in the confusing space between love and infatuation. Since the very first season of the show, Steven Lippman was brought on with the team to create their key art and this fourth season is no exception.
Steven has photographed surf culture since he was a professional surfer himself, bringing the camera into the waves along with his board. Not distracted by the gravity of the water, Steven is able to capture the dynamism, drama, and stories that unfold in the crashing of every wave and on the stillness of every nautical mile. From the beginning of ‘The Affair’s’ tenure on television, Steven has used his expertise with water photography to create unique images that not only reflect the west coast setting of the show, but also the chaotic nature of the ocean and how the characters are often tossed in the currents of their personal lives to great effect. Sometimes he creates images that make it seem the characters are drowning – they often are drowning emotionally – sometimes they’re covered in anonymity provided by the opacity of the sea.
Steven has followed the stories of these couples and their overturned lives, creating imagery that matches them, year after year. As they change and develop, while their relationships tumble and build, each moment is distilled and represented in what Steven does, giving us the slightest peek at what the audience should expect to experience with each new season. He manipulates the stories differently each season and it’s always an apt metaphor.
There’s only one way to get the whole story but in his contribution, Steven gives us an intoxicating taste.
B&A Dives In with Steven Lippman
Steven Lippman's west coast lifestyle flows through all his work, bringing a clear-headed lightness and energy to every shot and delivering it to each of his clients. His command of light is immediately recognizable in every image, whether he’s shaping compositions with added light in nightscapes like his iconic and sharp imagery for Showtime’s Ray Donovan, playing with softness and subtlety like his latest inspirational campaign with MGP, or shaping the way sun hits his subjects in the open air or under water.
When he first picked up his camera he brought his early surfing mentality with him to the art form. Taking his camera in hand, he went out and photographed everything he could. “There were no rules, nothing that came before that you could follow,” he says. “So at a young age, you were forced to go out and create. You just made whatever street corner, parking lot, or empty swimming pool come to life.” It taught him to make art wherever he went, forming exceptional creations with whatever was placed in front of him. (He’s carried that early love of the ocean on into his role as President of A Walk on Water, which is a non-profit that provides surf therapy for those with special needs.) It taught him to be agile and expressive, qualities his clients rely upon today. Samsung, Sony, Harley Davidson, Vera Bradley, and many others have counted on him to bright a bright, broad, and open atmosphere to their campaigns.
Please join us in welcoming Steven Lippman to the roster at Bernstein & Andriulli.