Stephen Churchill Downes is a New York City-based photographer-filmmaker.


“Several years ago I brought my love of people and imagemaking to film, resulting in wonderful projects for various remarkable clients.  One of the most personally meaningful for me was Wild Horses’ Plight/Cana Foundation, which covered our national government’s heart-breaking roundup and devastating slaughter of 50,000+ wild horses on U.S. publicly-owned lands, a practice which continues to this day. We shot in and around Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota at the height of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests in late 2016.  Total immersion into Native Indian culture during this shoot led to my profound grasp of an utterly new perspective on living genuinely in conjunction with Nature.”

Stephen recently completed an intimate short film about the sculptor Will Kurtz that is currently under consideration by prominent film festivals. He has also directed, shot and edited several music videos.