Brooklyn native Steve Carver studied photography at the University of Buffalo and Washington University in St. Louis. He pursued a formal education in filmmaking at the American Film Institute's Center for Advanced Film Studies, also participating in the Directors Guild of America's apprenticeship program. Prolific motion picture producer Roger Corman hired Carver to direct four movies, including Big Bad Mama. Carver also directed American action star Chuck Norris in An Eye for an Eye and Lone Wolf McQuade. One of the most prolific and influential figures in the history of movies, Roger Corman sponsored several directors during the early parts of their careers, including Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, Penelope Spheeris and Steve Carver. Corman has served as producer on hundreds of motion pictures. He has directed dozens of films himself, including the Westerns Five Guns West and Gunslinger. In 2009, he received an Honorary Award from the Academy of -Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his unparalleled ability to nurture-aspiring filmmakers. C. Courtney Joyner is a writer whose first major output was a string of more than 25 movie screenplays beginning with The Offspring starring Vincent Price, and Prison directed by Renny Harlin. His novels include the new fantasy-adventure Nemo Rising and the Shotgun Western series, both of which have been optioned for television. A noted film historian, he lives in Los Angeles. Stephen B. Armstrong, Ph.D., is a professor of English at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Film Quarterly, Film Score Monthly, Filmfax and Quarterly Review of Film and Video. His books include Pictures about Extremes: The Films of John Frankenheimer, Paul Bartel: The Life and Films and Andrew V. McLaglen: The Life and Hollywood Career. He also directed Return to Little Hollywood, an award-winning documentary about the history of motion picture production in southern Utah.
I admire Steve Carvers photographs in this fine collection, and as we both emerged from the tutelage of Roger Corman, I feel a connection. These images recall the long-ago past and, not unlike the great photographer of the American West, Sheriff Curtis, reveal the personalities of the actors who sat for Steves camera. Francis Ford Coppola, Writer, Director, Producer. Steve Carver has taken a cinematic approach to still photography, creating a series of compelling and evocative Western images. Helping Steve with this worthy enterprise are some of the best characters Hollywood had to give A marvellous collection. Walter Hill, Writer, Director, Producer Digital Camera World carried a double-page spread including several images and an interview with the Author where he discussed his photographic methods.