Steve McQueen(1969-), Artist and film director
Sitter in 4 portraits
Born to Grenadian and Trinidadian parents, McQueen was raised in Hanwell, West London. Despite his dyslexia and experiencing racism at school, he continued his studies at Goldsmiths, where he pursued a Fine Art degree and first became interested in film. McQueen's first major film, presented at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, was Bear (1993), a 10 minute silent film shot in black and white. His feature film Hunger (2008), about the 1981 Irish hunger strike, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. He was the first British director to win the 'Caméra d'Or' award for first-time directors at Cannes. In October 2016, McQueen was awarded the British Film Institute's highest honour, the BFI Fellowship.
by Julian Germain
archival inkjet print, 21 October 2009
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