Steve Hollingshead (b.Dover 1958) studied Graphic Design at Middlesex Polytechnic. He has lived and worked in London for over 30 years and has been photographing the capital for almost 20 of them, being particularly inspired by the dynamics of multi-cultural street-life and focusing on the positive aspects of urban living.
Still working with b/w film, Hollingshead has spent much of the past 4 years scanning, editing and archiving over 120,000 images. Out of this endeavour has emerged the inspiration for the 1001 days in London project.
Hollingshead has exhibited extensively since 1999 and began work on his ambitious London Wall Project in 2004 resulting in 3 major solo exhibitions over the following 3 years with exhibitions at the Spitz Gallery, City Hall and Guys and Westminster hospitals.
In September 2005, as part of the Mayor’s Thames Festival, 150 of his images celebrating the river were projected onto the facade of the National Theatre on the South Bank. In 2005 and 2006 large format images of the Thames were displayed on the Riverside Walk between London Eye and Tower Bridge for the month leading up to the festival.
In 2012 a 40-minute commissioned projected display celebrating the capital Around the City in 80 festivals (with music composed by the magnificently dapper Momo:tempo, whose edited version 80 Bells was created as a video Christmas Card) was shown on the large screen at Potters Fields Park during the London Olympics and Paralympics.
(For more biographical information & some older images, Steve Hollingshead’s previous photography website www.takingthepics.com is still live)