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Lunch and Speaker Steve Lewis
2nd April 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Steve started his profession on The Ilford Recorder at the age of 17, working in the darkrooms he wasn’t unleashed into the outside world until his editors felt he was capable of using a camera. Although the Rollie had come onto the market then he had to master the MPP plate camera first. A typical Saturday would be to cover a dog show, football match, and school speech day all with 7 double plates enabling you to take 14 pictures. A few months of this and then he moved onto the rolliecord camera which took 120 roll film with 12 exposures.
He worked on the Recorder group of papers for a number of years before going to Africa and covering the central area of the continent for United Press International based in Rhodesia now Zimbabwe, he was one of a few photographers allowed to stay in the country when Ian Smith declared independence.
On returning to the UK in the 60’s he spent his time working in the East End of London in Newham continuing to work for the local Recorder paper and the national papers in Fleet Street, it was at this time that he was asked by the Editor of the Newham Recorder Tom Duncan to take a weekly picture to capture a typical east London image which was called “ The Lewis View”
In the Sixties, he covered the “manor” for the local press and picture agencies. Equipped with a Nikon camera – he operated by the news desk mantra: “Find the story, get the faces.”
In 1972 he joined The Sun newspaper as a general press photographer after a few years he moved over to features and worked on location and in the studio.
The assignments covered ranged from celebrities to fashion. He left the Sun in 2006 having served 34 years on the paper.