Leeds Through a Lens

10 April - 16 May 2012


A selection of works of and about the City of Leeds and its people, shot by 15 different photographers. The photography in this show ranges from portraits to landscapes, documentary to fine art – some pieces were shot over 30 years ago, others just last week – the key that unites them all is their subject.

This exhibition includes work from: Peter MitchellRyan LearoydKatie BootlandJon Stanley AustinJon ElandRicky AdamJonathan EmeryRick HarrisonLiam TansleyOluwaseun OyeniranLloyd SpencerSara TeresaMax FarrarLiam Henryand Joe Stenson.

The photographers were given no specific ‘brief’ for this project, they were simply asked to submit a selection of three or four images to represent their view of Leeds, whether that be the people, the architecture or just the atmosphere they feel it evokes – this is their unedited vision and features work from established professionals as well as relative newcomers to the medium who are exhibiting for the first time.

All works in this exhibition are for sale.

                           


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Exhibition Catalogue

- Joe Stenson -

The Ballroom

Joe Stenson
2010
Digital C-type
Paper size: 12” x 16"

West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Menston.

£125.00

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Internet & Butties

Joe Stenson
2011
Digital C-type
Paper size: 12” x 16"

Merrion Market, Leeds.

£125.00

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Famine Cathedral

Joe Stenson
2011
Digital C-type
Paper size: 12” x 16"

St Mary Mount, Leeds.

£125.00

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Rotund

Joe Stenson
2011
Digital C-type
Paper size: 12” x 16"

Corn Exchange, Leeds.

£125.00

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18’ Circular brick pipe.

Joe Stenson
2011
Digital C-type
Paper size: 12” x 16"

Meanwood Beck, Leeds.

£125.00

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- Peter Mitchell -

Priestly House

Peter Mitchell
1977
Paper size: 33" x 33"

"In every dream home a heartache" - Roxy Music, 1973

The Flats at Quarry Hill, Leeds

£850.00

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Nielson House

Peter Mitchell
1977
Paper size: 33" x 33"

"In every dream home a heartache" - Roxy Music, 1973

The Flats at Quarry Hill, Leeds

£850.00

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- Liam Tansley -

Untitled 1

Liam Tansley
2012
Digital C-type
Paper size: 12" x 16"

Taken in March 2012. The view shows a snapshot of the impact of the Trinity Centre's development on the Leeds skyline.

A variety of pre and post-production techniques were used to balance image contrast and render a huge amount of detail across the tonal range.

£65.00

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Untitled 3

Liam Tansley
2012
Digital C-type
Paper size: 12" x 16"

Taken in March 2012. This is the view from high on the corner of New York St. showing two of the most recognisable features on the Leeds skyline.

A variety of pre and post-production techniques were used to balance image contrast and render a huge amount of detail across the tonal range.

£65.00

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Untitled 2

Liam Tansley
2012
Digital C-type
Paper size: 8" x 12"

Taken in March 2012. This image shows Leeds station and the current incarnation of City House before its upcoming redevelopment.

A variety of pre and post-production techniques were used to balance image contrast and render a huge amount of detail across the tonal range.

£50.00

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- Jon Stanley Austin -

Beeston

Jon Stanley Austin
2012
Digital C-type
Paper size: 16" x 12"

£90.00

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Christine

Jon Stanley Austin
2012
Digital C-type
Paper size: 12" x 16"

£90.00

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Holbeck

Jon Stanley Austin
2012
Digital C-type
Paper size: 16" x 12"

£90.00

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- Jon Eland -

Armley

Jon Eland
2011
Paper size: 20" x 16"

Gone fishing. Some pastimes are timeless; and while this area has seen it's problems - it's residents fight to retain a local spirit. The wonderful is found but steps away -  blocked in by the forgotten and timeworn and awaiting revitalisation.

£125.00

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Bramley

Jon Eland
2011
Paper size: 20" x 16"

Community identity. Where high streets have become mirrors of one another, local retail still maintains some individuality. Where gossip can be swapped over a cuppa and a hot sarnie is found a place that serves it's residents well.

£125.00

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City

Jon Eland
2011
Paper size: 20" x 16"

Speed, pace, activity. Leeds is a workaday city with an innovative soul and a 'get it done' outlook. Modern creativity adorns Victorian practicality. Office workers and personal transport streaming under the conduit for mass transit.

£125.00

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Otley

Jon Eland
2011
Paper size: 20" x 16"

Parade day. The towns outlying from the city were once hubs of their own, but now struggling to forge a meaningful identity beyond being commuter belt. Ice age landscaping isn't quite ageless enough - prospects for the young are needing a boost.

£125.00

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- Jonathan Emery -

Whitelocks - Turks Head Yard

Jonathan Emery
No date
Digital c-type
Paper size: 16.5" x 23.4"

53° 47' 49.96" N, 1° 32' 36.16" W
The pub originally known as Turks head opened back in 1715. It’s clientele was predominantly merchants from Briggate. Later it became a rendezvous for stage stars and was even given royal approval. Still a thriving pub although the clientele isn’t as royal, more local, myself included! 

£195.00

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Blue Bridge

Jonathan Emery
No date
Digital c-type
Paper size: 23.4" x 16.5"

53° 47' 39.39" N, 1° 32' 29.59" W
The image that I probably get the most comments about. Several aspects to it but the most compelling is the sharp reflection in the River Aire of Leeds Bridge. I've held it upside down deliberately before and people haven't blinked an eyelid.

£195.00

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Last Train

Jonathan Emery
No date
Digital c-type
Paper size: 23.4" x 16.5"

53° 47' 40.63" N, 1° 32' 44.34" W
Not being one to usually use an angled shot but a combination of angles achievable from where I was coupled with a desire to include everything I wanted, and things I didn’t, in the picture led me to this.

£195.00

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Leeds Bridge

Jonathan Emery
No date
Digital c-type
Paper size: 33.1" x 23.4"

53° 47′ 37.7″ N, 1° 32′ 29.18″ W
This is my go to image when i'm showing people some of the work i do. There are many reasons for this, aside from the visual impact of colour and detail. Firstly it is taken from where I have lived for over 5 years and thus has sentimental meaning to me. Secondly, it was actually my first attempt at layering several exposures and surprisingly one of my best. I guess when you first do something you're more meticulous. Thirdly, and more interestingly for the objective viewer is it has two major historical aspects to it. In it's original manifestation it was constructed during medieval times (it's current form was re-built in 1870). Leeds in the 13th century was centered around this point know as Bridge Gate (now of course Briggate). The bridge became the centre, in the 17th Century, for the wool trade for the whole of West Riding of Yorkshire. Even more seminal, especially from a 'photographers' and ‘film’ perspective, is that this was the place (specifically the former Ironmongers, the painted white building adjoining the bridge) where a single-lens camera was used to make the first moving pictures in 1888, by Louis Le Prince 'the father of motion pictures'. I would love to know how and why he chose this spot!

£255.00

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Princess Sky

Jonathan Emery
No date
Digital c-type
Paper size: 16.5" x 23.4"

53° 47' 44.05" N, 1° 32' 56.22" W
One of my favourites, yet as with seemingly increasing regularity it is one I did not set out to take that evening. A little back story to this is since taking it i agreed to do a charity abseil (Candelighters Child cancer research) down the very building. Of course I had a ready made photo for the promotion of the event! 

£195.00

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- Rick Harrison -

Dreamland

Rick Harrison
2008
Paper Size: 12" x 16"
Metallic paper

Infra-red photo within Middleton Woods.

£150.00

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Take A Seat 

Rick Harrison
2009
Paper size: 16" x 12"

Wasteland in Holbeck, since cleared and turned into an Urban Meadow.

£150.00

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Bridgewater Skyline

Rick Harrison
2010
Paper Size: 16" x 12"

Bridgewater Place at Dusk.

£150.00

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Traffic

Rick Harrison
2010
Paper Size: 16" x 12"

The M621 motorway dividing Holbeck and Beeston, Dusk.

£150.00

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Malcolm Michaels, Butcher - A Portrait

Rick Harrison
2011
Paper size: 16" x 12"

Leeds is known for it's shopping, and to my mind there's no finer example of the shopkeeper than at Kirkgate Market - this is a portrait of Malcom Michaels (butcher), through his shop window.

£150.00

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- Sara Teresa -

Chapel Allerton Cemetery I

Sara Teresa
2010
Giclée print
Paper size: 12" x 12"

Analogue 120 film, shot with a 1968 Minolta Autocord TLR.

£100.00

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Chapel Allerton Cemetery II

Sara Teresa
2010
Giclée print
Paper size: 12" x 12"

Analogue 120 film, shot with a 1968 Minolta Autocord TLR.

£100.00

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Chapel Allerton Cemetery III

Sara Teresa
2010
Giclée print
Paper size: 12" x 12"

Analogue 120 film, shot with a 1968 Minolta Autocord TLR.

£100.00

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Corn Exchange I

Sara Teresa
2010
Giclée print (diptych)
Paper size: 12" x 24"

Analogue 120 film, shot with a Lomo Diana+ plastic camera.

£150.00

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Corn Exchange II

Sara Teresa
2010
Giclée print
Paper size: 12" x 12"

Analogue 120 film, shot with a Lomo Diana+ plastic camera.

£100.00

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Roundhay Park Gazebo

Sara Teresa
2010
Giclée print
Paper size: 8 " x 12"

Analogue 35mm film, shot with a 1971 Zenit E.

£90.00

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- Ricky Adam -

Basement Gig, Leeds - Feb 2011

Ricky Adam
2011
Digital c-type
Paper size: 23.4" x 16.5"
(£150 print only)

'There are no actors. What you see & hear is real.'

£200.00

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Kebab Shop Kiss

Ricky Adam
2007
Digital c-type
Paper size: 23.4" x 16.5"
(£150 print only)

From 'The Streets of Leeds'.

£200.00

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Kito Surf Ash Grove

Ricky Adam
2011
Digital c-type
Paper size: 16.5" x 11.7"
(£90 print only)

'End of an era: 'War All The Time' playing an eviction gig at Ash Grove in Hyde Park.'

£120.00

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The Streets of Leeds

Ricky Adam
2010
Digital c-type
Paper size: 23.4" x 16.5"
(£150 print only)

From 'The Streets of Leeds', 2010

£200.00

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Skipping

Ricky Adam
2011
Digital c-type
Paper size: 23.4" x 16.5"
(£150 print only)

'Adapting the rules to suit the situation'

£200.00

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Talia

Ricky Adam
2010
Digital c-type
Paper size: 23.4" x 16.5"
(£150 print only)

'It's official'

£200.00

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- Oluwaseun Oyeniran -

The Colours of Money

Oluwaseun Oyeniran
2012
Digital c-type
Paper size: 33" x 23"

Queen's Arcade, Leeds.

£220.00

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Tinseltown

Oluwaseun Oyeniran
2012
Digital c-type
Paper size: 33" x 10"

Taken from the roof of a 12 floor apartment block in Harehills.

£220.00

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- Katie Bootland -

Kirkstall Abbey

Katie Bootland
2012
Digital c-type
Paper size: 18" x 12"

£200.00

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Le Prince

Katie Bootland
2012
Digital c-type
Paper size: 18" x 12"

£200.00

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Stone

Katie Bootland
2012
Digital c-type
Paper size: 18" x 12"

£200.00

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- Ryan Learoyd -

The Dark Arches

Ryan Learoyd
2011
Limited Edition Framed & Signed Enhanced Velvet Giclée Print
Paper size: 12" x 18"

The underground tunnel system below Leeds city rail station, known locally as 'The Dark Arches.' Enormous viaducts stretch below railway terminals, echoing announcements for passengers move through the dark and stone. The River Aire flows quickly through a labrynth of ghostly tomb.

£100.00

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Reality Bites

Ryan Learoyd
2010
Limited Edition Framed & Signed Enhanced Velvet Giclée Print
Paper size: 12" x 18"

Just another Leeds business left in ruin. Broken glass and weathered brick, empty halls and desks. A stark reality of the fast moving financial climate in the UK.

£100.00

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Horus Rising

Ryan Learoyd
2010
Limited Edition Framed & Signed Enhanced Velvet Giclée Print
Paper size: 20" X 30"

The Temple Works in Holbeck, West Yorkshire. Fine stonework graces a monolith of cavernous tomb. Originally designed by Joseph Bonomi and built by John Marshall between 1836 and 1840, the Temple Works design was based on the Temple of Horus in Egypt. When built it was intended to have the largest single room in the world. An unusual feature of the original structure was a grass roof which was fed on by a number of sheep, its purpose to keep the flax inside the mill at an optimal humidity to prevent it from drying out.

£200.00

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- Max Farrar -

Reminiscence therapy at UCA House

Max Farrar
1990
Paper size: 12" x 9"

Chapeltown, Leeds, 1990
Crossing boundaries: multicultural Leeds 1989 - 2005

£40.00

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Mr Ujal Ryatt and the Rt Hon Dennis Healey

Max Farrar
1989
Paper size: 12" x 9"

Harehills, Leeds, 1989
Crossing boundaries: multicultural Leeds 1989 - 2005

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- Lloyd Spencer -

A Spectator Sport

Lloyd Spencer
2006
Digital c-type
Paper size: 30" x 20"

One of a series of pictures capturing reactions to window displays. I am fascinated by the way in which such displays reflect and shape our existence.

£190.00

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This Season's Colours

Lloyd Spencer
2006
Digital c-type
Paper size: 30" x 20"

When I saw this arresting display in the H&M window I knew I wanted to get a decent candid photograph of it. I spent 90 mins loitering on Briggate photographing anyone wearing white who passed the shop window. When I saw a white-haired lady approach, all I had to do was wait.

£190.00

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On Briggate

Lloyd Spencer
2006
Digital c-type
Paper size: 20" x 16"

It was hot, very hot. Quite a few lads had their shirts off. Pubs were crowded with England supporters. I was asked what I was doing taking pictures but when I gave a polite response everything passed off peaceably.

£125.00

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- Liam Henry -

Rory O'Hara

Liam Henry
No date
Digital C-type
Paper size: 10" x 8"

From “Networking” - a series of portraits of people contacted via social networking sites.

£50.00

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Lee and Rebecca Vincent with baby Rosie

Liam Henry
No date
Digital C-type
Paper size: 10" x 8"

From “Networking” - a series of portraits of people contacted via social networking sites.

£50.00

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Rebekah Whitney

Liam Henry
No date
Digital C-type
Paper size: 10" x 8"

From “Networking” - a series of portraits of people contacted via social networking sites.

£50.00

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Drew Milward

Liam Henry
No date
Digital C-type
Paper size: 10" x 8"

From “Networking” - a series of portraits of people contacted via social networking sites.

£50.00

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Luke Rogers

Liam Henry
No date
Digital c-type
Paper size: 8" x 10"

From “Networking” - a series of portraits of people contacted via social networking sites.

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Nick Baines

Liam Henry
No date
Digital c-type
Paper size: 8" x 10"

From “Networking” - a series of portraits of people contacted via social networking sites.

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Artist Biographies

JOE STENSON

Joe’s photography stems from a consistent search for alternative subject matter through Urban Exploration. Drawn to the aesthetic of large, sometimes decayed and empty man made spaces, these five portraits show familiar and unfamiliar views of built Leeds.

Growing up in the industrial wastelands of the South Tees basin, Joe and his Dad regularly tramped through the remnants of British Steel Redcar at the back end of the 1980′s taking photographs of rusting industry and pools of odd liquids.

urbanwanderings.blogspot.co.uk
joestenson.co.uk

PETER MITCHELL

Peter Mitchell is well known for his work from the 1970’s and 80’s, particularly his documentation of the demolition of the Quarry Hill flats in the late 70’s.

RYAN LEAROYD

Ryan’s love of photography has always existed and his adoration of the still image is merely an extension of his passion for film. After studying a BA in film and television production, humble beginnings as a fine art & travel photographer turned into a hunger for photojournalism. This fast paced & emotive style naturally led him to wedding photography, which is the focus of much of his current work.

His style is spontaneous, bold, graphic and creative, backed by a strong belief in capturing those fleeting moments of emotion, expression, love…

shuttergoclick.com

KATIE BOOTLAND

Katie Bootland is an artist living and working in Bradford. Interested in narrative and the created scene, her work draws upon folklore, history, literature and cinematography to create images in both analogue and digital media. Exploring story telling and questioning narrative structure through experimental techniques, her work embraces narrative devices, themes and motifs and plays with visual interpretation through visual tricks, symbolism and semiotics.

Katie Bootland has exhibited in a range of spaces in the North West and publishes her own and other artists work through Sheer Wonder Press, an independent press which she co-founded in 2011. She graduated from Manchester School Of Art with a BA(Hons) Photography and will begin a MFA Contemporary Art Photography at Edinburgh College of Art later this year.

katiebootland.com

JON STANLEY AUSTIN

“Jon Stanley Austin. Born 1985 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Currently living and working in Leeds.”

jonstanleyaustin.com

JON ELAND

In 2011 Jon’s photography took a new direction – from constantly searching for the single, constructed image, he took to telling stories of the routes he passed along while making the images. To pass on these stories he started collecting his images into small photobooks or ‘zines’. Not only do the zines represent a different method of approaching photography, but they also show him experimenting with styles  and processing to represent his emotional response to the place he was visiting.

Many of his walks in 2011 were in the Leeds area as part of the activities of Exposure Leeds (the city’s photographic society for the digital age) and the four images in this exhibition are all taken from publications he created from these walks.

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RICKY ADAM

“Ricky likes to shoot photos. His current employment at Dig BMX requires him to shoot photos of BMX, which he does quite brilliantly. But he takes his
photography much further beyond the realm of technically accurate BMX riding. I guess what I’m getting at,is that Ricky captures the reality of life. Yes, he’s a little strange (which we all are to some degree), but there’s a fine line between genius and insanity, and it often gets crossed when someone is spending their living moments laying down on a dirty patch of ground, shooting photos of kids riding their bikes down handrails.” – Brian Tunney

rickyadamphoto.com

JONATHAN EMERY

Jonathan has been surrounded by art and photography from a very early age and has now realised his ambition in the delivery of photography that tells a story. With a story behind the image it ensures extra depth both literally and theoretically.

vector-photography.com

RICK HARRISON

Originally from Wakefield, Rick has lived in Leeds for the past 15 years.

What started as a hobby has in more recent years turned into a semi-professional freelance career with a number of commissions from clients including Leeds City Council and Guinness, and stock Iicencing to clients including Google, Welcome to Yorkshire and Futuresound (a photo of Kirkstall Abbey was used for promoting The Kaiser Chiefs gig there). In 2009 he won 1st prize in the National Trust & Sunday Times photography competition.

With a background originally in Landscape photography (and something that’s still a passion), commissioned work is more often in architecture and general marketing/promotion imagery, with the landscape background driving a strong desire to create well composed, interesting images that evoke feeling.

A love of documenting quirky events and traditions has amongst other things seen him travel to Alaska and Norway photographing The World Beard and Moustache Championships.

fortybelowzero.com

LIAM TANSLEY

Liam Tansley is a photographer based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He works in a variety styles including portraiture, events, landscape, product and HDR.

liamtansleyphoto.com

OLUWASEUN OYENIRAN

I’m primarily a rural landscape photographer, and living in Scotland within reach of it’s lochs & mountains has afforded the opportunity
over the duration of my photographic career. I have had a couple of reasonably successful exhibitions in Glasgow. I moved to Leeds about 2 months ago, and am looking forward to embracing the photographic challenges and opportunities its vibrancy throw my way. I’m a GP primarily, and a photographer in my spare time. I wish it was the other way around!

SARA TERESA

Expatriate, realist, constant striver, obsessive wanderer.

Photographing since 2007, still finding her way. Doesn’t enjoy talking about herself in the third person.

sarateresa.com

MAX FARRAR

Max Farrar has been photographing Leeds, mainly Harehills and Chapeltown, since 1970. He’s worked in community, further and higher education, at the Harehills and Chapeltown Law Centre, and as a freelance writer and photographer. For several years in the early 1990s he played jazz on the Chapeltown pirate radio stations. Now an emeritus professor at Leeds Met University, he writes, photographs and volunteers.

maxfarrar.org.uk

LIAM HENRY

Born 1986, England. BA Hons Photography and Digital Imaging, Leeds Metropolitan University. Currently lives in Leeds, England.

liamhenry.co.uk

LLOYD SPENCER

Lloyd first became seriously involved in photography while working for the anti-Apartheid publishing house, Ravan Press in Johannesburg, South Africa. Then (1981-2) and later in Wigan and Manchester he helped start and run film and photography workshops and helped mount several photographic exhibitions “in what I thought of as ‘documentary’ mode”.

“In 2006 and 2007 I began a very big project documenting life on, and around, Briggate, the main retail thoroughfare of Leeds. This culminated in an exhibition of over 150 large photographs in The Light. After that, and in collaboration with Stephen Griffin, I conducted a second long-term photographic project exploring night life on the streets of inner-city Leeds. At present I am working on a series of projects involving portraiture, foliage and forests, and dance photography.”


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