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STEVE DENBY


[b. 1959] traditional Photographer/Print finisher, specializing in Monochrome & Infrared imagery

After having his first camera bought for him by his parents at age 13 Steve became obsessed and totally dedicated to his photography.
For the last 35 years he has studied photographic imagery though countless books, experimentation, trial and admits often “error” the art of photography. Steve spent many early years shooting colour, but always had a great passion for monochrome (black & white) and admits he very rarely shoots colour these days.

To Steve the darkroom is where the creative side of a photographic print really begins, as its where shadows and highlights meet on a sheet of photographic paper. As he says “the thrill of watching the image slowly emerge never completely goes”. The sense of creation that is to be had by physically handling a sheet of photographic paper through all the stages of exposing, developing, bleaching, toning and then mounting is very real. Steve shapes the photo from start to finish. He usually operates a Pentax 6x7cm medium format camera, shoots the majority of his photographs with various Pentax SMC prime lenses, and hand prints his negatives on multigrade fiber paper. The innate drama of the landscapes are reproduced through a variable split-toning (for example Sepia and Selenium) technique. All the printing, spotting, and archival mounting are done by steve the photographer.

Steve feels we live in an age of colour, magazine, advertising, and TV images. To him a ‘fine art toned monochrome image’ is still the most powerful form of photographic art!
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