About Steven Burton

Originally from the UK, Steven Burton is a seasoned portrait and lifestyle photographer with an education in graphic design and advertising. 
Steven's career has taken him to remote locations around the world such as Tibet, Papua New Guinea, Burma, Asia and the Middle East to name a few. He has worked with advertising agencies and NGO’s such as the United Nations, Grass Roots Soccer (South Africa) McGarry Bowen. His personal work has garnered him international acclaim and attention.  

Steven first book "Skin deep, looking beyond the tattoos" with Powerhouse books, has become an internet sensation with collectively over 77 million views on social media. It has also featured internationally on most major news channels, editorial, tv and radio platforms. The premise of the book questions how we as a society judge people based on their appearance and also how we judge ourselves.

Steven Burton’s fine book, Skin Deep reimagines, through digital erasure, the skin of gang members who are all a whole lot more than the most impulsive thing they’ve ever done. When these gang members react to their new, untattooed skin, it doesn’t lead them to some remorse and a deep sense of loss at “what could have been.” Rather, it captures the transformation they long for in our community of tenderness here at Homeboy Industries. There is a profound returning to the truth of who they are…exactly what God had in mind when God made them. As well, this book challenges the initial judgment which overwhelms us when we spot a man or woman covered in gang tattoos. It jostles us beyond judgment and the high moral distance that keeps us from each other. Burton leads us right into the awe of their stories, appreciating fully what each has had to carry.

Gregory J.Boyle, S.J. Founder and Executive Director
Homeboy Industries