About Steve Liss
Throughout my career I have been deeply concerned with issues affecting the poor and underserved in the United States. At Time magazine I carved a role for myself as the photographer assigned to stories of social significance involving ordinary people. Forty-three of my photographs have appeared on the cover of Time and I've covered six presidential campaigns, but the close-up, candid, in-depth look at one individual or one issue became my niche at the magazine and gave me more satisfaction than any other kind of work. In 2004 I was the recipient of a Soros Justice Media Fellowship for my work on juvenile justice and in 2005 I received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship for my work on domestic poverty. My recent book, No Place for Children: Voices from Juvenile Detention (University of Texas Press, 2005), won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2006 and this year I was the recipient of the World Understanding Award from Pictures of the Year International. In addition to shooting I teach graduate photojournalism at Northwestern University.