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Ken Marcus Studios

Posts: 8491

Los Angeles, California, US

It's with a sad heart, that I wish to announce the passing of a longtime friend, associate and great glamour photographer J. Steven Hicks.

I first met Steven back in the late 70's when he was our assistant at Playboy where he showed great drive and determination to become a top published photographer. His career went on from there to include shooting for Penthouse, Hustler, Club and Gallery magazines.

He was one of the early pioneer of glamour photography on the internet with his outstandingly successful website DigitalDesire.com

A dedicated family man, an avid surfer, an extremely talented photographer, and an all around nice guy, Steven will surely be missed.

-Ken Marcus-

Feb 07 13 07:15 pm Link

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FitzMulti - Las Vegas

Posts: 1476

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

I just became aware of this a few minutes ago.
Very sad loss for his friends and family...as well as those of us who knew him within the industry.

RIP Stephen...

Feb 07 13 07:19 pm Link

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Blue Cube Imaging

Posts: 11292

Ashland, Oregon, US

Very sorry for the loss of your friend Ken.

Mr. Hicks was an inspiration, may his work continue to live on.

RIP

Feb 07 13 07:23 pm Link

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GeM Photographic

Posts: 2374

Chicago, Illinois, US

I never met him, but have been familiar with his work for years. Very sad news for his friends and family.

Feb 07 13 07:26 pm Link

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Las Vegas Studios

Posts: 33

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Of all the "centerfold photogs" from the Golden Age of Men's Magazines, Stephen was the youngest, fittest, handsomest, and just as charming and talented if not more so as anyone in the business. Life just isn't fair. You could always tell a "Hicks Shot", long fast lens, great color, composition, and sensuality. His models always looked beautiful and at ease. His work lives on for eternity.
RIP Stephen https://www.facebook.com/stephen.hicks.925

Feb 07 13 07:47 pm Link

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GPS Studio Services

Posts: 36275

San Francisco, California, US

I've met him more than a couple times.  He was great person and his loss affects us all.  A lot of what we do today is because of him.

I agree RIP.  You will be missed.

Feb 07 13 08:16 pm Link

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Yani S

Posts: 939

Los Angeles, California, US

Yes meet him a couple times. He photographed my X~Wife had her eyes on his business card. Seemed odd to look into those eyes again on his site, but he did an amazing job!

Feb 07 13 10:05 pm Link

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ForeverFotos

Posts: 6644

Indianapolis, Indiana, US

A tragic loss. RIP Mr. Hicks, you'll be missed.

Feb 07 13 10:16 pm Link

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enriquefoto-grafx

Posts: 705

Los Angeles, California, US

So soon.

Rest in Peace Stephen.

EG

Feb 07 13 10:19 pm Link

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John Edward

Posts: 2462

Dallas, Texas, US

Damn,

He was the guy that made Gallery magazine back in the day.

I thought he was younger than you and I Ken.

In his pics, the model always looked like she was having a great time.

And unlike some guys, he would take time to reply to an email, from a little guy.

He'll be missed.

Feb 07 13 10:25 pm Link

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Las Vegas Studios

Posts: 33

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

John Edward wrote:
Damn,

He was the guy that made Gallery magazine back in the day.

Stephen was probably most known for dozens and dozens of Penthouse covers, centerfolds and features from the early mid eighties through the 90's, but his work, and that of those that worked for him, to his specifications, were a part of most every men's adult magazine during the 90's and 00's. He syndicated his work world wide and millions of red blooded males everywhere during those years surely enjoyed his beautiful and sexy photos.

He was an all around great photographer, not just a great photographer of women.

John Edward wrote:
I thought he was younger than you and I Ken.

Stephen could only have been in his mid 50's, and was known to be a health and fitness fanatic, and lived a pure life.  He had recently undergone surgery and was recovering, details of which I am not aware of.  He has a beautiful family and it must be a very sad time for them

Feb 08 13 07:25 am Link

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Vindictive Images

Posts: 458

Houston, Texas, US

Feb 08 13 07:27 am Link

Photographer

Michelle-Martin

Posts: 27

Austin, Texas, US

Oh, my!  What sad news.  He was one of the photographers whose work influenced me when I began my career.

May he rest in peace.

Feb 08 13 07:39 am Link

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GeM Photographic

Posts: 2374

Chicago, Illinois, US

Vindictive Images wrote:
A tribute from Holly Randall:

http://hollyrandall78.tumblr.com/post/4 … d-sad-news

Thanks for posting the link

Feb 08 13 08:38 pm Link

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Patrick Walberg

Posts: 42738

Salinas, California, US

This is sad news!  Ken, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend.  I've been an avid collector and fan of vintage Playboy and Penthouse magazines, especially from around the mid 1980's.  Steven's work has inspired me greatly (along with your work too.)  My condolances to his family and friends.  RIP Steven Hicks

Feb 09 13 03:08 am Link

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Jaguar Nudes

Posts: 17

San Francisco, California, US

He was a mentor of mine. He always took the time to answer my questions and help me in any way he could.

His work was beautiful and not only of the beautiful models he shot, but he was a great landscape photographer also.

RIP! Stephen...I will miss you...

I'm sure Mark, his associate is taking this real hard. Stop by his port and send your condolences:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/1451817

Feb 09 13 09:45 am Link

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Fotografica Gregor

Posts: 4122

Alexandria, Virginia, US

J Steven Hicks -  wow - can't believe he is no longer with us... someone whose work I've followed for decades..... 

I don't shoot the same content - it's not my area of interest - but I've always been inspired by his talent.....

Feb 09 13 10:00 am Link

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Las Vegas Studios

Posts: 33

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Feb 09 13 02:22 pm Link

Photographer

TheNormGallerys

Posts: 1318

Fullerton, California, US

Ken Marcus Studios wrote:
It's with a sad heart, that I wish to announce the passing of a longtime friend, associate and great glamour photographer J. Steven Hicks.

I first met Steven back in the late 70's when he was our assistant at Playboy where he showed great drive and determination to become a top published photographer. His career went on from there to include shooting for Penthouse, Hustler, Club and Gallery magazines.

He was one of the early pioneer of glamour photography on the internet with his outstandingly successful website DigitalDesire.com

A dedicated family man, an avid surfer, an extremely talented photographer, and an all around nice guy, Steven will surely be missed.

-Ken Marcus-

Your have said it best for all of us.

Feb 09 13 03:36 pm Link

Photographer

4point0

Posts: 687

Los Angeles, California, US

I remember his talent from back in the day as a model. RIP. He was well respected. May he rest in peace.~

Feb 11 13 08:04 pm Link

Photographer

PDF IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY

Posts: 4603

Jacksonville, Florida, US

Rest In Peace

Feb 11 13 08:08 pm Link

Model

Kandyss Belove

Posts: 15

Bellevue, Washington, US

RIP.  He was lovely and a gentleman.

Feb 18 14 08:12 am Link

Photographer

Al Lock Photography

Posts: 16071

Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

I am another of the photographers who have met him and was influenced by him. Many years ago, the lab that I worked in for a while did some work for Penthouse from some of his chromes. Those slides really struck me with how clean an image could be while still being a realistic environment.


Rest In Peace - your work lives on.

Feb 18 14 08:18 am Link

Model

Jen B

Posts: 3179

Hopkinsville, Kentucky, US

Gone too soon. Rest in Peace and Condolences to friends and family.

Feb 18 14 08:30 am Link

Photographer

Paul Styles

Posts: 2

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Rest in Peace Stephen. I always loved his pictures

Apr 04 14 02:47 am Link