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Steve is a passionate and highly motivational speaker, writer and teacher, and one of few Australian photographers who can look back over five-plus decades of photography across a range of Australian social and natural history subjects. Steve pioneered underwater photography in Australia and now manages the largest and most comprehensive privately owned photographic library in the nation; it is from this vast resource that he has assembled these unique ebooks. While many of his featured images are now iconic, others are being seen for the first time.
He first started publishing in dive magazines in Australia and New Zealand at the age of 18. Since then, Steve has shared his work with the Australian community through thousands of publications, talks, exhibitions and public events. In 1985, he launched the signature brand Steve Parish Publishing. Over thirty years, it became a significant award-winning multimillion dollar business, employing 125 staff with a sales and distribution network that serviced over 3500 accounts. In 2012, the company, brand and stock were sold to Pascal Press, Sydney. Steve retained, and continues to build, a library that contains in excess of 700,000 images. Steve’s iconic publications continue after 35 years in print – a massive body of work for which he received an Order of Australia in 2008 for his contribution to the publishing industry through Australian natural history.
Today, Steve resides in the Blackall Range on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, where he and his partner are building a self-sustaining family community. From his 'studio man-shed,’ he steers his new company, Nature Connect, an internet portal that offers library services, decor, training and teaching Australia-wide. His creative life purpose to ‘inspire others to regard the natural world as essential to spiritual, mental and physical wellbeing' continues unchanged since he wrote in it the Kimberley in 1984. Steve is a passionate advocate of life-enhancement through nature connection and an active ambassador for Bush Heritage Australia and the Mental Illness Fellowship of Queensland.
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