Never in my little blogging years did I imagine I would write a post remembering someone posthumously but here we are. Remembering Steve Starr. Chicago is the kind of town where the social circles are small and close. If you attend one party, there’s a high chance that you will see at least one of the attendees again. Steve was a familiar and comforting face at events that I’ve either attended alone or with a gaggle of friends.
I met Steve Starr like most Chicagoans did, while on the scene. If Steve was snapping away at an event you knew that was the place to be. Steve managed to cultivate relationships with both seasoned Chicagoans and the young up and comers. I don’t like getting my picture taken because no matter how much I smile or profile it always came out looking awkward but not when Steve Starr does it. I’m convinced there was magic in that camera of his. Steve would find a way to coax you into taking a picture and no one could so no to that smile. Over the summer I saw Steve at the Veuve Clicquot Race to Mackinac party at the yacht club and he insisted that I take a picture and I obliged. In Steve Starr manner he gave directions on how to pose, he placed his hand on his hip, arched his back inwards a bit, chin down and pout smile and he snapped one, twice and the final smile was the winner. I saw him recently at NEXT fashion Chicago and just like the other times, we said hello with a quick hug and cheek peck and went about snapping away. As the night began to wind down, I said goodbye not knowing that was the last time I would see Steve. I am quite certain there are countless Chicagoans aching and mourning the loss of a great man and those who knew him personally are trying to make sense of it all. If anything he would want you to put on a smile and live! I don’t handle grief well but comforted in knowing that I can say I met the man and he was an amazing character! Rest in Peace Steve Starr.
Steve had planned a big bash: The Face of News to mark his 45 year career on 12-12-12. This will surely be a memorial, so If you’re reading this and you’re in Chicago you should come out. STEVE STARR STUDIOS