Lecturer in Photography
Stephen Lovell-Davis began photographing bands as an interested amateur in 1976 and recorded the burgeoning Punk music scene in London, photographing bands such as the Clash and the Damned. A fight with Pete Townshend of the Who in a club brought him to the attention of the New Musical Express and he became a contributor to NME, Melody Maker and Sounds. As a result of this he was commissioned to take photographs for several bands including album artwork for several CDs by the band Pig and publicity and CD cover images for Talk Talk and Laurie Anderson.
He has worked as a full-time commercial and editorial photographer since 1989 with a wide-ranging portfolio of clients. Much of his work has been in editorial photography. Working for, among others: Vogue, The Independent Magazine, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Time Out, The Face, Q Magazine, Country Life, Redwood Publishing, Top Gear Magazine, Car Magazine, Bike Magazine and Land Rover. He has also produced all the still photography for the book tie-ups with two Channel 4 series on child development: 'Baby It's You' and 'A Child's World'.
An interest in portraiture led to a writer/photographer partnership with the late Ruth Picardie covering the Cannes Film Festival over several years and photographing many high-profile actors and directors such as Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe, Quentin Tarantino, Holly Hunter and Sam Neill. This type of portraiture has continued in other commissions including studio sessions with Keira Knightley and Diane Kruger for J Walter Thompson.
He photographed the Turner Prize shortlist (Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hurst and others) on successive years for the Tate Gallery and Channel 4 and this led to a commission by the musician Peter Gabriel to photograph visual artists (Andy Goldsworthy, Helen Chadwick, Nils Udo, David Mach, Rebecca Horn and others) working on his album 'Us'. The success of this portrait project resulted in many more commissions for album covers with the Real World record label and a nomination for a D&AD silver award for his work on Peter Gabriel's 'EVE' CD Rom project
He has also worked a great deal with the journalist and television presenter James May for Car Magazine, Top Gear and other motoring clients, working on motoring and travel projects in Russia, India, Jordan, Australia, the USA and Japan.He has taught at Middlesex University since 2002.