Stephen Reiss is a social documentary photographer born in New York City in 1981. He received his undergraduate degree in English and Biology from Skidmore College in 2003, and worked in the field of medical communications before turning his attention to photography in 2009.  

Stephen graduated from the Documentary Studies and Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photography in 2009, where he was awarded the John and Annamaria Philips Foundation Scholarship for Photojournalism. 

He participated in the Eddie Adams Workshop XXIII, LOOKbetween, and received a Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Fellowship in 2013 for his long-term work on foster care in the South Bronx. He received an NPPA Short Grant in 2015.