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 40000 images.
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 people.
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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