Manchester born on 27th January 1931, Sefton
Samuels is a distinguished local photographer who has lived
much of his life in the Didsbury area and now resides in Altrincham.
He was educated at the Manchester Grammar School and still retains
close ties as an Old Manc.
Although Sefton was a qualified textile technologist,
his love of photography lead him to become a freelance photographer
for various national and local companies. For 5 years he was
the main photographer in the North West for BBC Television.
At this time he also set up his own Photo Library specialising
in all aspects connected with the North West as well as a comprehensive
range of general subjects.
His one man show of 120 jazz pictures was
seen at the Barbican Centre and he has contributed to several
exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery where his photographs
of George Best and L S Lowry have been reproduced as postcards.
In addition BBC TV has featured his exhibition of famous classical
and jazz musicians as part of the Olympic Arts Festival at the
Royal Northern College of Music.
Recently, however, he has concentrated on
photographing some of the notable Old Boys of Manchester Grammar
for the school. Over the years Sefton has photographed many
nationally celebrated figures, with actors, artists, scientists
and politicians numbering themselves amongst his models. These
have included L S Lowry, Harold Wilson, Sir John Barbirolli,
and Sir Ben Kingsley. Most recently he has made portraits of
Sir Alex Ferguson and Kevin Keegan.
His work has been shown at top venues and
he has competed to have work shown in major photographic exhibitions
in the UK and worldwide. These have included the Royal Photographic
Society International Print Exhibition in 2002 and 2003 as well
as in the MILK Exhibition in New York, London & Europe,
where he was one of only fifteen UK-based photographers to be
selected from 17000 photographers from 164 countries and over
He has also been awarded 3 prizes won in
Fuji/BAPLA photographic competition and his Stock Photos are
used regularly by BBC, ITN, LWT and Granada Television. He is
a member of the Distinctions Panel of the Royal Photographic
Society for Documentary and Visual Journalism submissions.
Collections of his work can be found at the
Victoria & Albert Museum who hold 10 photographs for their
National Collection of the Art of Photography, and the National
Portrait Gallery, who have 67 of his photographs of famous British
His work has appeared in numerous publications
including the British Journal of Photography Magazine and Annual,
the Photography Year Book , The Guardian, The Telegraph,
The Independent and The Times newspapers.
More information and his portfolio of photographs
can be seen at Sefton’s website at: www.seftonphoto.co.uk
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