The Photographer

David Radford, photographer and studio owner

I first started taking photographs in my early teens when as a cyclist I found it easier to be at the finish first if I was taking pictures of the race. A bonus was that all other cyclists bought copies of the pictures from me. I then studied lighting and studio techniques at night school before going to University where I became the photographer for the Student's Union newspaper.On moving to London in the late sixties I carried on working as a photographer whilst earning a main income from other sources. In 1972 I decided to become a full time professional and opened my first studio in Fulham where I shot mainly for several fashion designers and a couple of Record Companies. So specialising in Fashion and Music. I had this studio for several years before moving it to Clapham Common where I stayed until 1978.

I then moved away from London back to my birth town of Bristol to follow another career in the casino industry and photography becoming a hobby again.

In 1993 I left the UK to work in Moscow as a director for a group of casino's and it was here that I started to work in a studio again. In 2003 I started a studio in Moscow which I had until I returned to UK in 2004. Moving back to Bristol I was reduced to a smaller home studio.

In 2008 I decided I wanted to have a larger studio again with various set areas and so "David Radford @ The Studio" was started. The idea was to be able to hire it out around two days a week and the monies received would help cover my outgoings for the studio rather than a business bringing in an income for me. Thus giving me a low cost studio with ever changing backgrounds and props.

Then in July 2011 I moved to Blaengarw near Bridgend into an old Chapel hall.

These days I would rather be classed as an experienced, advanced hobbyist rather than a professional as I'm not trying to make a living from my photography just produce some great pictures.

You can see some of my work on www.davidradford.co.uk as well as such sites as Net Model, Model Mayhem, Net Portfolio and Pure Storm.

 

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