It is with great regret that we must announce our loss of Steve Hollier, a dear gentleman international travel photojournalist who touched a lot of lives and wrote and photographed with beautiful and very cultured insight.
Steve’s very extensive travels ranged from Southern Africa, through Europe and the Middle east and he was residing in Baku, Azerbaijan with his beloved wife Sandra when he died.
His writing and editing for the journal AZ magazine was exemplary http://www.az-magazine.com/ and his excellent blog entitled Azerbaijan Days – Living in the land of fire is one of true quality, quite brilliant. We have greatly enjoyed his writing and would like to direct you to some of his articles that we particularly enjoyed:
- Time travel does exist.
There are many more treasures to be found on his blog.
There’s a refined selection of his images to view on Flickr. Perusal of his Picasa Web albums, will take your breath away too, and because there are one hundred and twenty-five of them up-loaded, and because anoxia is bad for the brain – it’s best to take them in stages. His shots are pin sharp and picture postcard perfect and his choice of subject and his perspectives testify to his powerfully cultured intelligence.
Steve said “When you look at a photograph, it tells you more about the photographer than the subject. That means that when people look at your images, it is a way of communicating something about yourself and your world view. All art is a means of communication and for me, the most enjoyable thing about photography is being able to speak through pictures.”
Steve’s many and varied images show his love of the world and its people, and the smiles on his subjects’ faces show that it was a love reciprocated.
His work lives on and will give pleasure and interest beyond our ability to measure. He helped a lot of people through the British Council , was a gift to the world and opened a delightfully sensitive view of Azerbaijan.
Sandra Williams, Hugh & Charles Paxton