Links of photographers who have visited Chester

Since I have organised the programme for Chester PS, we have been visited by some notable photographers.

Click the image on the left to visit their website

Manchester based Andrew Brooks has visited Chester PS a number of times, and he has just informed me about his new website to showcase his photography, which is rather good! He describes himself as an Artist, Photographer and Film Maker who does exhibitions, commissions and talks.
Ashley Cooper has always been passionate about the environment and in recent years Global Warming, the affects of which he has been documenting for the last 11 years. His trips have taken him to many parts of the world with his particular interest being in capturing images that graphically demonstrate the impact of global warming, on people, places and wildlife. A background in natural sciences underpins and informs much of Ashley's work. This site is the world's only dedicated, climate change picture library. Ashley is constantly adding to his portfolio of global warming images.

Photography is Dianne's passion, from the click of the button to exploring the image to add a little bit of herself. The magic of the darkroom used to be her playground to explore and produce creative images. Now the magic of Photoshop is a never ending exploration! In 2008 she gained her ARPS and FRPS in Visual Arts. She also has work included in the RPS Folio and magazine. She has had several 'solo' exhibitions in Merseyside & Lancashire, and she is a PAGB Judge.

Dianne helped me to achieve my ARPS distinction back in 2012, and she has just published her first book.

Gered Mankowitz is a photographer best known for his iconic portraits of rock stars, particularly in the 60s and 70s (left is Jimi Hendrix). I was fortunate to spend some time with him when I arranged for him to give a talk to Chester PS in March 2015. He exhibits widely, mainly through galleries, and has published several books. He told me he has around 5000 negatives of The Rolling Stones alone as he is currently working on his archive. He uses a Hasselblad, almost exclusively. Gered has recently (2016) been awarded an honorary FRPS.
Denis Thorpe, a Guardian photojournalist between 1974 and 1996, quiet spoken and attentive to his environment. Always seeking the next picture. Camera in hand he would search the horizons like a predator seeking prey and when the prey was spotted Denis would then spend time stalking and waiting his moment to strike. Denis started his fifty-year career with a typewriter,as a reporter, not a photographer, but went on to become one of the Guardians most celebrated photographers and spent his life working around Manchester for the newspaper he loved.
Thirty years ago, Colin Garratt abandoned a promising commercial career to document, on colour film, The Last Steam Locomotives of the world. This unique odyssey - which continues apace - has taken him to fifty countries embracing all continents and in pursuit of imperilled survivors, he has visited some of the remotest places on earth. The Sunday Times appropriately described Colin as "the David Attenborough of the steam locomotive". Colin Garratt has written and illustrated over fifty books on railways, travel and photography, including his autobiography. He is also widely known for his work in radio and television. Colin Garratt is the Director of Milepost 92½ - picture library and photographers to the railway industry.
Barry Colquhoun's interest in photography began in the early 70's, involving 'conventional' darkroom techniques, mostly black-and-white. Creativity and experimentation was high on the agenda even in those days and he was soon lecturing on specialist darkroom techniques within the north west region. After a short break from photography, Barry returned to the fold in 1996, (shooting 100% digitally), following the acquisition of one of the earliest 'consumer' digital cameras, with an image resolution of just 640x480 pixels. In 1997 he gained the first ever '100%-digital' Associateship of the RPS.

John & Tracy Langley have visited us on many occasions with absolutely stunning wildlife photography. Talks included "Realm of the Tiger - the wildlife of Bandhavgarh National Park, India"; "The Wildlife Photographer's Year"; "A Lens For All Seasons", "Bear Necessities – Brown bears, polar bears & birds in N. Europe" and "Ingonyame, Ingwe and Mapingpengs – Wildlife of the Kruger National Park, South Africa" in 2009. Unfortunately they no longer give talks.

WILMSLOW GUILD AV The objects of the Group are: To provide a forum for the discussion of all matters relating to audio visual photography, sound recording and the production of audio visual sequences. To encourage newcomers to AV, no matter how inexperienced, to develop their interest and enjoyment of the hobby to the limits of their ability or ambitions. To provide an opportunity for members to show their work for constructive comment and also provide opportunities for competition among members.
JOHN DAVIES John Davies is one of today's most outstanding British photographers, he became famous through his research on the English industrial landscape, observed in vast and detailed views... In 2008, he was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. He has published many books.
ANDREW LOUND Andrew Lound, MSc, BA, NQJ, FBIS, MMA, regularly tours the UK with his Odyssey Dramatic Presentations and Lectures and is invited back time and again due to popular demand! He has supported astronomy and space science public awareness since the late 1970s having organised and funded many public activities in support of Birmingham Museum of Science & Industry, Soho House Museum and the Avery Historical Museum.
BOB MOORE HonFRPS Bob Moore,Hon.FRPS,Hon.PAGB,MPAGB,FIPF,FBIPP. Obsessive and passionate photographer for over 50 years. Past President of the Royal Photographic Society Awarded Fenton Medal by the RPS for services to photography. Past Chairman of the RPS Visual Arts Panel. Founder of the RPS Creative Group. Awarded Fellowship of the British Institute of Professional Photography Awarded Fellowship of the Irish Photographic Federation Gained Fellowships of the RPS in Nature and Visual Arts Photography. Member and past Chairman of The London Salon of Photography.
TOM DODD FRPS North Wales based photographer Tom Dodd,FRPS has climbed mountains all of his adult life. Tom is currently the Chairman of the RPS Licentiateship Panel. He works in both black & white and colour and exhibits his work widely in National and International Exhibitions. Tom also lecturers and judges extensively throughout the UK.
STEVE LEWIS ARPS A former member of Chester PS, Steve has been photographing the landscape of Britain for over 30 years. Closely associated with the Snowdonia National Park in particular, his knowledge and understanding of the area have allowed him to produce images unrivalled in their portrayal of the ephemeral light and wild atmosphere of that special part of the world. He has recently branched out into the world of Timelapse. His recent talk on this subject was excellent!
CHRIS BIRCHALL ARPS Chris has been a friend for many years, we even went on a joint first date with both our girls, he went on to marry his! We both were members of Rhyl PS when it had around 100 members. Now he is retired his lovely wife Jayne has taken the helm of "Studio 10" in Ruthin.
STEPHEN HODGETTS LRPS Steve was born in London, England and now lives in a small village near the Peak District National Park. In his 30's he studied photography at Art College, which was turning point for his work, as it encouraged him to experiment with different styles, subject matters and essentially learning to 'see' and not just to 'look'. Ultimately, he would describe his Black & White Photography as abstract; he is not looking to simply record what he sees, but visualise how he wishes the final image to look and to be interpreted by others. His most recent work has been project based, inspired by the excellent book by Irving Penn called Small Trades. He has started working on the project "Tools for Small Trades" which has won a portfolio award in the British Black & White Photography magazine and has inspired him to publish a book on this subject.
HOWARD BARLOW FRPS Howard Barlow is a much sought after photojournalist. For over 30 years he has worked regularly for The Guardian, The Observer, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Independent. Howard has picked up numerous photographic awards including Newspaper Photographer Of The Year and Industrial Photographer of the Year. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and past Chairman of their Documentary and Visual Journalism Distinctions Panel. Howard began his career photographing the bands of the 70's and 80's with regular publications in NME, Melody Maker and Rolling Stone Magazine. His iconic images of The Ramones, Queen, Blondie and Iggy Pop are still regularly published around the world via Getty Images. In recent years his music commissions have included Elbow, Rufus Wainwright, Everything Everything and Foals.
JEFF CLARKE Jeff has a passion for the natural world and he loves sharing that enthusiasm with as many people as possible. As an environmental educator with 26 years of experience he can bring innovation, inspiration and fun to lessons. He is an Associate Tutor for the FSC and lead wildlife holiday tours both independently and in partnership with other organisations. As an experienced ecologist, with expertise across a wide range of taxon groups, he can provide a comprehensive professional service. He updates his blog regularly and you can also follow him via Twitter.
RIKKI O'NEILL FRPS Rikki is a self-taught artist, and by profession an illustrator of children's books, cards, and cartoons. He is represented by top London agent Bernard Thornton Artists Ltd. He works in a variety of media, but has come to master and enjoy the freedom, as well as the assistance afforded by working in digital format. He is also a prolific exhibitor of creative photography. Rikki is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a Master of the PAGB and is on the Roll of Honour of the Scottish Photographic Federation. He has served on the society's Visual Arts Associateship and Fellowship Panels.
TED LEEMING Ted Leeming's real love of photography began whilst travelling through the Far East and Australia. He set up as a freelance photographer in the late 1980s in London working mostly for trade magazines and commissions for actors and model portfolios. Following a commission to be the photographer on a 6 month expedition to Chilean Patagonia in 1990 he returned to Cornwall with an ever strengthening commitment to the environment. He became involved in the field of renewable energy, continuing to take photos and setting up his own company with a friend in Glasgow in 1996. Whilst maintaining a commitment to the environment, in 2004 Ted decided to acknowledge his passion for photography, leaving the company and travelling for a year through Scotland, the UK, Europe and Northern Africa to update his portfolio of landscape and environmental images - the fields of photography he now specialises in.
AFZAL ANSARY FRPS Afzal Ansary now enjoys photography - specialising in documentary, travel, editorial, environmental portraiture and nature photography. He is particularly interested in photographing people in their daily working environment with available light. He has had two exhibitions, one at the TouchStones Art Gallery in Rochdale and the second at the Fenton House, Royal Photographic Society in Bath showing photographs on "People of Pakistan". His images have been published worldwide in books, journals and newspapers, and other media. His images have also been used by the Discovery Channel, BBC and Channel 4.
PIERINO ALGIERI Pierino Algieri is a landscape / nature photographer born and raised in the picturesque Conwy Valley, Snowdonia, North Wales. He has a comprehensive library stock of images of North Wales. He takes 6 x 6 transparencies both on, and projected by Hasselblad equipment.
JOHN POWER FRPS "Taking the photographer to locations within the British Isles to undertake a photographic study of a variety of different species of British birds". John has been photographing British Birds for over twenty years, having been successful in local, national and international photographic competitions, and becoming a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1999.
COLIN PRIOR FRPS Colin Prior is one of the world's leading landscape photographers. He takes panoramic landscape photographs of Scotland and around the world. He uses the 617 panoramic format extensively in his work shooting Fuji Velvia generally in the "golden hour" at dawn and dusk. To date, Colin has worked on four calendar commissions for British Airways and has had several solo exhibitions, most notably The Scottish Visual Experience, Land's End and The World's Wild Places. In 2007 his work on Canna helped boost visitor numbers to the National Trust for Scotland's HQ. Colin currently lives in Glasgow with his wife Geraldine and two children. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
IRENE FROY Irene describes herself as a pictorial photographer, with a leaning towards landscape, but has an interest in all types of photography.   She has lectured throughout the country but will have to restrict herself to more local clubs for future bookings as age catches up. Irene cannot imagine a life without photography - it is a passion which is as strong today as when she first started aged 12.There is a compulsion to take and show pictures and although she appreciates all types of photography, her main interest is in landscape and the quirky corners of villages especially in France.
PHIL PORTUS ARPS Professional photographer Phil Portus ARPS EFIAP DPAGB BPE4* is a photographer based in south Manchester. He specialises in portrait photography and especially enjoys photographing musicians whether jazz, classical or pop, either in performance or in his Didsbury studio. His studio photography also extends to families and children to capture those moments to remember.
CHRIS STEELE-PERKINS HonFRPS Chris Steele-Perkins is a British photographer best known for his depiction of Africa, Afghanistan, England, and Japan. In 1979, his first book, The Teds, was published. Chris joined Magnum and soon began working extensively in the Third World. His latest large-scale project in the developing world was on the situation in Afghanistan. He is now also working extensively in Japan and England. His reportages have received high public acclaim and have won several awards, including the Tom Hopkinson Prize for British Photojournalism (1988), the Oscar Barnack Prize (1988) and the Robert Capa Gold Medal (1989).
DAVID NOTON FRPS "His presentations are a tour de force, combining brilliant landscape photographs (as you would expect from the presenter), behind-the-scenes motion picture, computer-generated interlinking sfx imagery, and sound, along with David's insightful live presentation. To combine so many media into a coherent narrative makes a rich experience, and a fascinating evening; it is an amazing achievement." - Joe Cornish.
TERRY DONNELLY FRPS Terry is a professional photographer who supplies photography services to his clients that have a high degree of personal style and quality. Based in Lancashire, United Kingdom, he supplies images to clients throughout the world. He has won distinction awards from The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain in 2008 and 2010, and The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain in 2012 and 2013. His images are displayed in both national and international photography exhibitions, and have won multiple awards including best authors, best in exhibition and best in class. He regularly has images that are published in the press, and are invited GETTY contributors.
PAUL KAY FRPS Paul Kay is best known for specialising in temperate, marine, underwater, and natural history photography, and supplying high quality stock images of marine wildlife and marine-related subjects from Britain and Ireland. His photographic experience is much broader and versatile than underwater only, as he has worked as a full-time freelance photographer for over 25 years. In addition, he also works as a writer and speaker, and is the supplier of the Seacam Silver underwater photographic system in Britain and Ireland.
MARK GILLIGAN LRPS Mark Gilligan is an accredited Landscape and Wedding photographer and an award-winning member of the British Institute of Professional Photography, Mark was made a Fellow by the Institute because of his specialist and original work in the Lake District. A features writer for many magazines, he has his own photographic series in 'Lake District Life' and 'Lancashire Life'. A member of the 'Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild', his work regularly appears in the national and regional walking publications such as 'The Great Outdoors', 'Cumbria' and 'Country Walking'. He was featured in the BBC4 television programme Life of a Mountain: A Year on Scafell Pike.
BEN OSBORNE HonFRPS Ben is a creative, imaginative, and resourceful professional photographer, an "Image maker, not just a picture taker." Freelance since 1984, he specialises in wildlife and landscape photography along with a wide variety of other outdoor subjects, ranging from oil spills to fell-running. He has worked in many parts of the world, and is best known for his images of Antarctica in the book of the BBC series " Life in the Freezer". He has been published in numerous magazines including National Geographic, Geo, BBC Wildlife, Radio Times and Hello!. Ben was the winner of the "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" in 2007 and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.
Timothy Allen is the lead photographer for the TV Human Planet programme. From the icy Arctic to Africa's dense jungles - and the mountain tops of Mongolia to the deep waters of the Pacific - the BBC series has explored mankind's incredible relationship with nature. Accompanying the film crews was photographer Timothy Allen. His stunning still images captured unique glimpses of people living in the world's most extreme environments. Tim pioneered the use of DSLRs to shoot film footage and multimedia content as well as the conventional photographic stills destined for use in the programme's worldwide publicity, his best-selling book and a touring photographic exhibition.
Professional photographers Simon Watkinson ABIPP and Tammy Tidmarsh LBIPP run World In Focus, which is an award winning photography company based in a beautiful location within the Peak District National Park. Simon's professional career as a photographer began in 1987 when he was appointed by British Food Manufacturing Industries Research Association (B.F.M.I.R.A.), where Simon undertook the photography of promotional material, product launches, and the photography of scientific experiments. Simon has Authored an App for iPad and iPhone as well as writing two eBooks titled Mastering your DSLR camera and Mastering DSLR Travel Photography, which are available on the iBook store. Simon is widely recognised as a photographer and also for his Digital Imaging expertise. He is an experienced tutor with a unique and entertaining style and has the ability to produce a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Stephen is a History of Art lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University. Born in St Helens then moved to the rural pastures of Burtonwood. After a quiet childhood he toured the country to study and teach art and photography. Now back in the North West to teach art and photography at the local universities. He has recently published a series of three books with Café Royal: Ocean Beach Rhyl, Rhyl Caravan Parks and Rhyl Seafront, all featuring photographs made between 1984 and 1985. The 2015 exhibition 'End Of The Season' at the Grosvenor Museum in Chester is based on these books. Café Royal Books is a small independent publisher of photography photobooks or zines, and sometimes drawing, solely run by Craig Atkinson and based in Southport, England.
At the age of 19, a falconer friend of Ben's, Philip Hudson, got him a job working at the Welsh Hawking Centre in South Wales. He regards it as the best job he has ever had. Whilst working at the centre, he was given a copy of a book that would basically change his outlook on life; 'An Eye For A Bird' by Eric Hosking. Hosking was an early pioneer of bird photography with much of his work being achieved by using portable hides situated within the breeding vicinity of his chosen subject. Soon after reading the book and shortly after returning home to Merseyside, Ben purchased his first camera, an Olympus OM10 with a 75-300mm lens. He also made his first portable hide and began to combine his own knowledge of birds with the knowledge he took from Hosking's book.