I WAS BORN a long time ago in Stepney, in the heart of London's old East End. My first photography career spanned the years 1981 to 1995, during which time I was fortunate enough to work with many great musicians, bands and people. A few photographs from this era can be seen in the Portraits Gallery.

My personal favourites include the magnificent Bruce Springsteen at the Meadowlands, New Jersey; the lovely Annie Lennox at the Churchill Hotel in London: the charismatic Bono, somewhere in Ireland; the enigmatic David Bowie on the set of Loving The Alien; the inspirational Billy Bragg on 42nd Street in New York; the heroic Nelson Mandela at Wembley Stadium; and the late, lecherous John Lee Hooker outside his home in Redwood City, California.

I moved to San Francisco in the summer of 1992, and quit full-time photography three years later. After several years in web development, I began a new full-time career in 2000, teaching Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing at Hwa Rang Kwan, my own martial arts' school in the SOMA area of San Francisco.

After buying an incredible Leica digital camera early in 2004, I finally found my muse again and began shooting pictures of the world around me. The results are on display in the Galleries.

Thanks for visiting.

steve rapport ... 246 ivy street san francisco ca 94102 ... 415 235 7556