Steve Diet Goedde was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and learned the basics of darkroom work and photography from his father, who was an amateur photographer. By the age of 13, Steve was obsessed with taking photographs and started educating himself about photographers that inspired him, most notably Richard Avedon, Lillian Bassman, and Diane Arbus.

He moved to Chicago in 1985 to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied filmmaking and painting. He refused to study photography stating that he had already acquired his aesthetic and visual style.

In 1998, photography publisher Edition Stemmle published a collection of Steve's Chicago work entitled "The Beauty of Fetish" detailing his fascination with such fetishistic fashion elements as latex, leather, and PVC. Later that same year, he moved to Los Angeles where he started a series of photographs which would later become "The Beauty of Fetish: Volume II" (2001), also from Edition Stemmle.

Slish Pix in 2005 released a career retrospective of his work on DVD entitled "Living Through Steve Diet Goedde". In addition to the numerous animated photo galleries, the DVD featured interviews, commentary, and behind the scenes footage.

In 2009, Steve has collaborated with French composer Robert Waechter on a CD entitled "GoeddeConcerto" (ReadyMade Music) in which the ConcertMaster of the Philharmonic of Nice, France interprets 21 of Steve's photographs into 21 mini-concertos.

Steve celebrates his 25 years of photography in 2015 with a 3-volume book retrospective of his work entitled "ARRANGEMENTS" published by Century Guild. The three volumes will be released over a 3-year period beginning in the fall of 2015.

Steve Diet Goedde currently lives on the west side of Los Angeles.

curriculum vitae
  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Columbia College, Chicago IL
  • 2018
    > Collaboration (with painter Alex Couwenberg), Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles CA
  • 2016
    > ARRANGEMENTS, Century Guild, Culver City CA
    > Instances, Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills CA
    > VARIATIONS, Sin City Gallery, Los Vegas NV
  • 2013
    > The Modern Vintage, The Landmark, Hong Kong China
  • 2012
    > New Works, Laura Henkel Fine Arts, Las Vegas NV
  • 2011
    > Dream Menagerie, Laura Henkel Fine Arts, Las Vegas NV
  • 2010
    > Intimate Captures, Sugar Lilie dessous prives, Los Angeles CA
  • 2002
    > New Work 2002, Madame S Gallery, San Francisco CA
  • 2000
    > Photographs from the American West, Feitico Gallery, Chicago IL
  • 1994
    > Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade (one-night-show featuring the photography Goedde did for the making of the critically-acclaimed short-film "Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade"), St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis MO
  • 2017
    > Perspectives in California Captivity, Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills CA
  • 2015
    > The Dirty Show, Detroit MI
    > Nude Survey One, Jamie BrooksFine Art, Costa Mesa CA
    > The New Nude, bG Gallery, Begamot Station, Santa Monica CA
    > Untitled Show, Vanilla Gallery, Tokyo Japan
  • 2014
    > Photography of the Spectacular, bG Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica CA
    > Photo Independent, Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles CA
  • 2013
    > The Coaster Show, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles CA
    > The Grand-Guignol, Century Guild, Culver City CA
  • 2011
    > Love and Other Violations, Century Guild Gallery, Chicago IL
    > The Dirty Show, Los Angeles
    > We CAN-CERvive Charity Art Show, Che Gallery, Riverside CA
    > Pints + Pixels, Julia Dean Workshops, Los Angeles CA
    > Paint the Town, Andre Agassi Foundation for Education Charity Art Show, Las Vegas NV
    > Grand Guignol II, Century Guild Gallery, Chicago IL
  • 2010
    > Le Nu LA, A&I - Los Angeles CA
    > The Naked Truth, Hous Projects Gallery, Pacific Design Center - West Hollywood CA
  • 2009
    > The Dirty Show - Zurich
    > Bettie Page Heaven Bound, World of Wonder Gallery - Los Angeles CA
  • 2008
    > LA Nude, A&I - Los Angeles - LA Nude, A & I - Santa Monica CA
    > Automolove, Antebellum Gallery - Los Angeles CA
  • 2005
    > Insatiable Desires, USC Fisher Gallery - Los Angeles CA
    > Artists for Katrina, LightSpace Gallery - Los Angeles CA
  • 2004
    > The Erotic Museum, (inaugural opening August 2003) - Los Angeles
    > Beauty: Surface and Substance, SAC Arts at the Santora Building - Santa Ana CA
    > Mondo Bizarro Gallery, Carlos Batts (curator) - Bologna, Italy
    > SENT, SixSpace Gallery - Los Angeles CA
    > Four West Coast Photographers, Invisible Gallery, Chas Ray Krider (curator) - Columbus OH
    > Snapshot, SixSpace Gallery - Los Angeles CA
    > CrazySexyHollywood, Perihelion Arts - Phoenix AZ
  • 2003
    > CrazySexyHollywood, SOMA Gallery, Carlos Batts (curator) - San Francisco CA
    > Art in the Vault, Michael Hicks & Ed Tellefsen (curators) - Altadena CA
    > Ken Dunipace Memorial Benefit, Michael Hicks & Ed Tellefsen (curators) - Los Angeles CA
    > Holland Art Fair, Sandra van Gils (curator) - Netherlands
    > New Work, SoHo Gallery, Mitzi Valenzuela Cardenas (curator) - Studio City CA
  • 2001
    > Untitled show, Eye Five Gallery - Los Angeles CA
  • 2000
    > Unapocalyptic: The Future That Never Was, USC Fisher Gallery - Los Angeles CA
    > Object of Desire, The Lab Gallery - Los Angeles CA
  • 1999
    > The Sensual in Photography, BGH Gallery - Bergamot Station - Santa Monica CA
    > Around the Coyote 99, Feitico Gallery - Chicago IL