Association with Geoffrey Beattie, Psychologist and Writer. 1990-1999 2017-09-21T11:08:06+00:00

Association with Geoffrey Beattie, Psychologist and Writer. 1990-1999

Geoff Beattie is an academic psychologist, writer and broadcaster. During my collaboration with Geoff he was the Head of the Department of Psychology at Manchester University, he is currently Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University.

I was introduced to him by Ken Philip my photography tutor at Sheffield Hallam University. Geoff was looking for a photographer to illustrate and interpret his stories. He was particularly interested in how people survive psychologically through economic hard times and unemployment. His subjects were boxers, nightclub doormen, pawn brokers, WMC day trippers, dominoes champions, and many more. His stories were perceptive, truthful and humorous always describing the unseen side of human nature and behaviour.

These illustrated stories were mainly published by the Weekend Guardian and Independent Magazine usually as double page spreads. These stories together with many others were published in Hard Lines: Voices from Deep Within a Recession. Mandolin (1998). Other photographs were published in England After Dark. Weidenfeld & Nicholson. (1990). On the Ropes: Boxing as a Way of Life. Victor Golllancz. (1996). The Corner Boys. Victor Gollancz. (1999).

A selection of published photographs from these stories are featured here.

All images are Strictly Copyright © 2017 Bill Stephenson All Rights Reserved.

'Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide'. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on doormen/bouncers training at St Thomas' Boys and Girls Club, Wincobank, Sheffield. 15-16/09/1990

[GB 001] ‘Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide’. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on doormen/bouncers training at St Thomas’ Boys and Girls Club, Wincobank, Sheffield. 15-16/09/1990. #1

'Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide'. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on doormen/bouncers training at St Thomas' Boys and Girls Club, Wincobank, Sheffield. 15-16/09/1990

[GB 002] ‘Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide’. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on doormen/bouncers training at St Thomas’ Boys and Girls Club, Wincobank, Sheffield. 15-16/09/1990. #2

'She was a Day Tripper'. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on a Working Men's Club trip to Skegness on a wet and windy summer's day. 20-21/06/1991

[GB 003] ‘She was a Day Tripper’. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on a Working Men’s Club trip to Skegness on a wet and windy summer’s day. 20-21/06/1991. #1

'She was a Day Tripper'. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on a Working Men's Club trip to Skegness on a wet and windy summer's day. 20-21/06/1991

[GB 004] ‘She was a Day Tripper’. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on a Working Men’s Club trip to Skegness on a wet and windy summer’s day. 20-21/06/1991. #2

'She was a Day Tripper'. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on a Working Men's Club trip to Skegness on a wet and windy summer's day. 20-21/06/1991

[GB 005] ‘She was a Day Tripper’. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on a Working Men’s Club trip to Skegness on a wet and windy summer’s day. 20-21/06/1991. #3

'She was a Day Tripper'. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on a Working Men's Club trip to Skegness on a wet and windy summer's day. 20-21/06/1991

[GB 006] ‘She was a Day Tripper’. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on a Working Men’s Club trip to Skegness on a wet and windy summer’s day. 20-21/06/1991. #4

'She was a Day Tripper'. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on a Working Men's Club trip to Skegness on a wet and windy summer's day. 20-21/06/1991

[GB 007] ‘She was a Day Tripper’. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on a Working Men’s Club trip to Skegness on a wet and windy summer’s day. 20-21/06/1991. #5

'Dominoes Champs'. Feature story for the Weekend Guardian on the Sheffield United Dominoes Club, photographed at Sheffield and District Afro-Caribbean Association, the Wicker, Sheffield.

[GB 008] ‘Dominoes Champs’. Feature story for the Weekend Guardian on the Sheffield United Dominoes Club, photographed at Sheffield and District Afro-Caribbean Association, the Wicker, Sheffield. The club had recently become world dominoes champions. 07/1991. #1

'Dominoes Champs'. Feature story for the Weekend Guardian on the Sheffield United Dominoes Club, photographed at Sheffield and District Afro-Caribbean Association, the Wicker, Sheffield.

[GB 009] ‘Dominoes Champs’. Feature story for the Weekend Guardian on the Sheffield United Dominoes Club, photographed at Sheffield and District Afro-Caribbean Association, the Wicker, Sheffield. The club had recently become world dominoes champions. 07/1991. #2

Aliens over Gleadless'. Story featured in Hardlines: Voices from Deep in a Recession (1998)

[GB 010] ‘Aliens over Gleadless’. Story featured in Hardlines: Voices from Deep in a Recession (1998). Tom and Jean with a drawing they have made of an alien space craft and its crew they spotted over Gleadless, Sheffield. 04/1995. #1

Aliens over Gleadless'. Story featured in Hardlines: Voices from Deep in a Recession (1998)

[GB 011] ‘Aliens over Gleadless’. Story featured in Hardlines: Voices from Deep in a Recession (1998). Tom and Jean point into the night sky where the aliens space craft was seen flying low over Gleadless, Sheffield. 04/1995. #2

Too Much Money Business'. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on Keith Laycock's family business of pawnbrokers, Spital Hill, Sheffield. 28-29/12/1991

[GB 012] ‘Too Much Money Business’. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on Keith Laycock’s family business of pawnbrokers, Spital Hill, Sheffield. 28-29/12/1991. #1

Too Much Money Business'. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on Keith Laycock's family business of pawnbrokers, Spital Hill, Sheffield. 28-29/12/1991

[GB 013] ‘Too Much Money Business’. Double page feature for the Weekend Guardian on a family business of pawnbrokers. Sarah who works at the shop, demonstrates a woman’s gold plated knuckleduster from the 1920’s that was pawned but not redeemed. Spital Hill, Sheffield. 28-29/12/1991. #2

Always on the Go Go'. Joy, Julie and Joanne, the Shearer triplets. The story of three Sheffield girls on the 'make'. 22-23/09/1990

[GB 014] ‘Always on the GO GO’. Double page feature story for the Weekend Guardian. Joy, Julie and Joanne, the Shearer triplets. The story of three Sheffield sisters on the ‘make’. 22-23/09/1990.

Herol 'Bomber' Graham and his son Oliver. 08/1995. Portrait for On the Ropes: Boxing as a Way of Life (1996)

[GB 015] Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham and his son Oliver. 08/1995. Portrait for On the Ropes: Boxing as a Way of Life.(1996).

Ernest 'Butcher' Gascoigne,(1917-1997). His story featured in Hardlines: Voices from Deep in a Recession (1996)

[GB 016] Ernest ‘Butcher’ Gascoigne,(1917-1997). His story featured in Hardlines: Voices from Deep in a Recession (1996). He was a professional middleweight boxer, noted for beating the infamous Freddie Mills in 1939. Photographed at City Road Working Mens Club, Sheffield. 02/1995. #1

Ernest 'Butcher' Gascoigne,(1917-1997). His story featured in Hardlines: Voices from Deep in a Recession (1996)

[GB 017] Ernest ‘Butcher’ Gascoigne,(1917-1997). His story featured in Hardlines: Voices from Deep in a Recession (1996). He was a professional middleweight boxer, noted for beating the infamous Freddie Mills in 1939. Photographed at City Road Working Mens Club, Sheffield. 02/1995. #2

'Prince' Naseem Hamed. Photographed after a training session at St Thomas' Boys and Girls Club, Wincobank, Sheffield, March 1996

[GB 018] ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed. Photographed after a training session at St Thomas’ Boys and Girls Club, Wincobank, Sheffield, March 1996. This full page image was used in the Independent Magazine. ‘Naz’ Hamed held multiple world championships at featherweight and is ranked the 3rd best featherweight boxer of all time, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2015. He was trained by Brendan Ingle before an acrimonious split in 1997. Despite Naz’s reputation for ‘being difficult’, I found him cooperative to photograph. However, he always had to be in ‘control’ which meant despite having an appointment, he would make me wait 1-2 hours before we could start to taking photographs.

'Prince' Naseem Hamed

[GB 019] A selection of images from the Independent Magazine photography session. 03/1996.

'Prince' Naseem Hamed

[GB 020] ‘Naz’ during a training session at St Thomas’ Boys and Girls Club. 02/1996.

'Prince' Naseem Hamed

[GB 021] A selection of images from later photography sessions. 02/1996.