David Steen's introduction to photography was as a 15-year-old school-leaver joining Picture Postwhere he had the good luck to be taken under the wing of the legendary Bert Hardy as an assistant. It was the ultimate training ground in photojournalism, and the launch pad for his career.
Steen's reunion with Picture Post after doing his National Service was short-lived. The magazine was losing groundand closed. He moved to Fleet Street, first to a bright new title, Women's Sunday Mirror,where he picked up First Prize in Encyclopaedia Britannica's Best Picture of the Year Award for his sequence 'Birth of the Baby'. He was21, the youngest ever to be awarded the prize. There followed one year as a staff photographer with the Daily Mail; Fleet Street was the hub of the world...
On to freelancing, Queen Magazine, Nova, the Sunday Times Magazine,international magazines around the world, over the years covering projects as diverse as riots in Harlem to a film set in Acapulco.Trained on the maxim "every picture tells a story", he has focused on film stars, actors, criminals, politicians, prime ministers (numerous) and countless men, women and children going about their everyday lives.
"I am over the moon to have Genesis as my publisher" comments Steen "it is a meeting of perfectionists."
A retrospective of Jürgen Vollmer's life and work, told through his own design, stories and photographs.