Steven Keirstead was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1965. His family lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Brevard, North Carolina. Steven’s aunt Patricia Austin and grandfather William C. Austin were professional photographers.
At Rice University, Steven studied photography with Geoff Winningham and Peter T. Brown. He crafted photocollages inspired by David Hockney’s Cameraworks and simpler 35mm diptychs. Steven had a work study job for Peter Brown as a color printer. He earned a BA in 1987 (Biology and Art & Art History) followed by a BFA in 1988.
Steven lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his husband, potter Lansing Wagner.
Steven has shown his photography at Rice University's group show Light and Vision II during Houston Fotofest 2010, in the Fresh Works show at FlashForward Boston in 2011, in Night Becomes Us at the Art Complex Museum, and his solo show Quarries of New England has been at the Blue Hill Public Library in Maine, and the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA