Steve Le Grys

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Steve Le Grys an award winning photographer, born in Kenya and based in Suffolk. I started my working life as an apprentice camera operator for a London book printers 40 years ago. The majority of my career has been spent in the print and graphic industries involved in the production of digital imaging and digital artwork. In 2015 I left the print industry and went to The University of East London to study for a degree in Photography. I was awarded with a BA (Hons) in 2017.

It was during my time as an undergraduate that I became enamoured of the Victorian process called Wet Collodion. This was one of the first photographic process, circa 1860, that created the photographic industry that we know today. With no help from my tutors, I taught myself this difficult process. As a student with limited funds and in need of a camera, I built my own 10 x 8 plate camera. Having mastered this form of photography, I then went on to produce my final year photographic portfolio and was awarded a BA (Hons). Having gained my degree, I submitted to The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) for Associate membership.

Wet Collodion is a process whereby a glass plate is coated in a light sensitive photographic emulsion. The plate is exposed in a large format 10x8 camera and the plate promptly developed whilst it is still wet, hence the name Wet Plate Collodion.

Steve specialises in Wet Collodion Photography and has had some success in recently years.

Last year Steve was invited to exhibit at the 2019 RHS London Summer Show. His exhibition portfolio of six Wet Collodion flower images won an RHS Silver Gilt Medal.


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