About Bill Stephenson
…after many false starts including a tyre fitter, furniture design student and Butlin’s holiday camp photographer, Bill graduated in 1982 from Sheffield City Polytechnic with an honours degree in Fine Art.
His first commission was in 1983 and called ‘The Dial House Working Men’s Club, Sheffield’, an affectionate look at a Working Mens Club, one of the last bastions of live entertainment, and a cohesive focus for that community. Many other commissions followed including an Artist In Industry Fellowship in 1986 and nomination for the Fox Talbot award in 1988 for his exhibition ‘Streets In The Sky’. Bill taught documentary photography at Hull and Bournemouth Universities during this period. Between 1982 and 1995 he was a director of the Untitled Gallery, later renamed the Site Gallery in Sheffield.
In 1992 he was commissioned by the United Nations Population Fund to produce an exhibition documenting the rapid growth of HIV/AIDS infections in the city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Central America, to be exhibited at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo. This work can be viewed at www.hiv-aidshonduras.org. In 1993 he produced all the publicity material to support a national media campaign for Oxfam’s ‘Cold Front Appeal’ which aimed to raise funds and awarness for the plight of refugees displaced during the Bosnian War, he was based in Tuzla, Sarajevo and Split.
He directed C4’s Red Light Zone documentary ‘the Bar Girl, the Catholic, the Pimp and the Priest’ in 1994. Filmed in Honduras, it documented the ‘debt’ system that enslaves girls into prostitution. During 1996 he was Photographer in Residence at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and commissioned by Photoarts 2000 to photograph the end of season celebrations of football cup winners Fenerbahce in Istanbul, to pre-publise Turkeys first entry into the Euro ’96’ football championships.
In association with author and psychologist Prof Geoffrey Beattie, he has illustrated ‘On The Ropes: Boxing As A Way Of Life’ (20 photographs), published by Victor Golanancz in 1996 and ‘Hardlines: Voices From Deep Within A Recession’ (60 photographs), published by Manchester University Press in 1998, plus bookcovers ‘England After Dark’ and ‘The Cornerboys’. Numerous TV publications include the Property Ladder, Selling Houses and House Doctor series books and DVD images for the acclaimed David Starkey series ‘Elizabeth’. In collaboration with author Su Harvey, he produced 270 illustrations for ‘Body Speak’, the international best selling dog training book published by Interpet in 2007.
In early 2009 photographs from his Honduras HIV/AIDS Project were used exclusively by the American Foundation For Aids Research in New York to promote their work. The DVD was narrated by the late Elizabeth Taylor and Edward Kennedy. Recent assignments include updating and rebranding the property and lifestyle images for the Youth Hostel Association (England & Wales) Ltd and refreshing print and web imagery for Learndirect and the Department of Work and Pensions. Bill has also supplied the publicity stills for over 138 TV programmes and feature films.
He welcomes assignments from magazines, newspapers, book publishers, television, film, PR, advertising agencies, new media and is always interested in collaborating with freelance journalists and writers on commissioned projects.
Bill studied for a Graduate Diploma in Conservation Studies (Historic Objects) from The University of Lincoln in 2015. He is interested in the conservation of photographic materials and plans to volunteer when time allows to work with the Churches Conservation Trust. He is also an enthusiastic collector and student of JMW Turners mezzotint etchings from his series the ‘Liber Studiorum’.
He currently lives in the Peak District with Jane and daughter Hannah.