About Mr Steel
Arthur Steel (my father) is a renowned Fleet Street Photographer, now retired and because of his career I grew up surrounded by photographic equipment and cameras. From the age of seven I would help dad print black and white images in the darkroom. Later on in life I studied Photography for a year at College and became a window cleaner throughout this period to help finance myself. After a fortnight of unpaid work experience I was offered a full time position at London’s largest photographic studio, Holborn Studios. I worked there for a couple of years as a studio assistant and then went on to assist as a freelancer for a further eight years travelling extensively around the globe on assignments working with some of the world’s leading Photographers. During this time, I assisted Portrait Photographers such as Terry O’Neill, David Steen and Brian Aris and was lucky enough to have personally met Her Majesty The Queen, Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor, to name a few. Thirty years ago, I was also lucky enough to have been the last photographer in the world to capture fine art portraits of the Formula 1 Legend James ‘Superstar’ Hunt and will be revealing the portraits for the first time in 2021.
Since then, I’ve worked as a Freelance Professional Photographer, working closely with advertising agencies, design companies and interior designers. However, for a number of years I suffered with Atrial Fibrillation and underwent two invasive heart procedures called Catheter Ablation’s. I was unable to work for a long time after my first procedure and so I allocated myself my own photographic projects to accomplish and this is how these artworks came to fruition.
I’m now fully recovered and would like to take this opportunity to thank my interventional cardiac electrophysiologist, Dr. Magdi Saba for improving the quality of my life tremendously. Whilst suffering with AF, his advice was “Just focus on your photography”.