Steve Welsh


DSC_0004editSteve Welsh began general practise freelance work in the early 1980s and built a client list which included local authorities, Wessex Water, stage and theatre PR and event work and the Courtaulds Group where he worked on the companies in-house newspaper. This experience was combined with a personal interest in the automotive sector, especially historic racing and the classic car arena within which he has now worked as photojournalist covering national and international events for a range of publications worldwide since the mid 1980s. His work has also appeared in a number of books from respected motoring historians such as David Venables and Karl Ludvigsen. In tandem he became involved in education as an associate lecturer teaching and delivering workshops in photography and media at schools and colleges in the South West of England where he is based. During the 2000s his work extended into film production with promo films for amounst others the Historic Motor Sport Show, now known as Race Retro, and a social documentary project in South Africa.

A lifetime interest in documentary and fine art photography has more recently led to the pursuit of non-motoring projects with the goal of exhibiting and publishing work that is narrative led. He remains passionate and obsessed with all art forms, especially photography, and is a founder member of Exposure47.

I have to make pictures; there is no choice in the matter. I realise that I consider the world in retrospect through my images, I look for the ties that bind life, sequences, ideas and concepts together; they appear on my contact sheets; sometimes my visual subconscious has been at work. There is something of the William Egglestone in this modus operandi. What creates a premonition in my mind to release the shutter I don’t know, but I have come to respect and accept this subliminal judgement. I have no set parameters when it comes to physical process, my interrogation of the world could be on any format, it is my choice of best medium and material to further enhance personal interpretation and communication. However I find I am drawn to the physicality and archival nature of analogue methods, I also enjoy the opportunity delivered by combination and amalgamation of this and digital. Overall I am driven by narrative, single or sequence image, inspired by visual storytellers such as Elliot Erwit. The image is all and photograph is my artefact.


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Steve’s Posts

Killed Negatives

Over at the Whitechapel Gallery the exhibition Killed Negatives adds some critical elements to both the FSA and Lange’s story with unseen images printed for the first time having been subjected to physical redaction at the time. The American government through the Information Department of the Farm Security Administration instigated one of the world’s first […]
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Barbican celebrates Dorothea Lange and Vanessa Winship

           In an era where women are finally being recognised for their contribution to humanity it is apposite that two female photographers who have demonstrated their strength, integrity, passion, empathy and creativity should feature at the Barbican’s double-header retrospective the Politics of Seeing, reviewing Dorothea Lange’s influential career and contemporary documentary photographer […]
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The Shape of Light – Tate Modern until October 14th 2018

                     It is not a question of whether photography can make abstract interpretations that is proven beyond doubt at Tate Moderns comprehensive show The Shape of Light. The conundrum is, should it? Abstract art and photography are mostly considered as separate issues, this makes no sense; […]
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Soul of a Nation – Art in the age of Black Power

  Soul of a Nation – Art in the age of Black Power Tate Modern’s deep and reflective review of American art during the rise of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Empowerment from 1964 into the 1980s offers and engaging insight into the mind set of the country at the time while feeling as […]
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A Handful of Dust: from the Cosmic to the Domestic

A Handful of Dust: from the Cosmic to the Domestic The Whitechapel Gallery’s summer exhibition is an intriguing investigation into the influence Man Ray’s photograph from 1920 that became known as Dust Breeding. The image is a classic example of how photography can play with context and be both abstract and figurative. The act of […]
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