Photo by Lawrence Impey

Photo by Lawrence Impey


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Stuart Nicholls

I was born in 1976 in the maritime city of Portsmouth, the same time the world heard Zeppelin’s ‘Achilles Last Stand’. Pursuing my interest in photography, I studied the art at the colleges of South Downs and Stoke on Trent respectively. Throughout these years I have documented life. Whether life is a band on tour, people on the street or trees in a field, it all comes together to form a pictorial path of memories.

In 2000 I moved to London to assist noted music photographer Jill Furmanovsky. I became the specialist printer for her company ‘Rockarchive', where I carried on my love for the the traditional silver halide wet process and learnt the new pioneering digital processes. This experience secured me a place as one of the most highly regarded printers in the business. On top of this I established myself as a proficient music photographer in my own right.

I came to prominence as a result of my position as resident photographer at the Marquee 2002 and Islington Academy in 2004.

My unique style fast became recognised throughout the music industry. Record companies such as Warner Music and Rough Trade capitalised on my work. In addition to this I have also worked on several jobs for Carling. Legendary album cover art director Storm Thorgerson recognised my talent as photographer and printer, he invited me to work with him producing iconic album covers for bands such as MUSE, Biffy Clyro and 10CC, also modeling for covers, posing as Syd Barrett! More recently I have embarked on a personal projects. In this insincere digital age I want to strip the art of photography back to its origins. Analogue photography, producing rich tonal negatives. The saying 'film is not dead' will always ring true in my ears. Sometimes if the subject requires it I shoot colour transparency, the richness of colours can't be beaten.

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