Through his lens, Steven Counts photographs the intersection between culture and the movement of sport. His work evokes an editorial style, capturing the raw emotion and natural beauty of his subjects. Steven has photographed some of the world's greatest athletes including Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Neymar Jr, David Beckham, Alex Ovechkin, and Michael Jordan.
In 2014, Counts spent five months traveling around Buriram and Surin—two of Thailand’s most impoverished provinces—with nothing but a rented motorcycle and his camera. His plan was to document the many Muay Thai training camps. He didn’t speak the language, but he soon found himself eating and living with the young men who were becoming fighters. He rode in the beds of crammed pickup trucks to matches, and spent his days documenting their rigorous training regimens. The result was Muay Thai, a collection of honest photographs that aim to visually preserve the ancient art form and brotherhood of Muay Thai in the sport’s spiritual homeland. Muay Thai is one of Counts most recognised pieces of work to date.
Counts grew up in Detroit, lived in Brooklyn for 14 years, and now resides in Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, California alongside splitting his time in New York City.