The Photographer

David Radford, photographer and studio owner

I first started taking photographs in my early teens when as a cyclist I found it easier to be at the finish first if I was taking pictures of the race. A bonus was that all other cyclists bought copies of the pictures from me. I then studied lighting and studio techniques at night school before going to University where I became the photographer for the Student's Union newspaper.On moving to London in the late sixties I carried on working as a photographer whilst earning a main income from other sources. In 1972 I decided to become a full time professional and opened my first studio in Fulham where I shot mainly for several fashion designers and a couple of Record Companies. So specialising in Fashion and Music. I had this studio for several years before moving it to Clapham Common where I stayed until 1978.

I then moved away from London back to my birth town of Bristol to follow another career in the casino industry and photography becoming a hobby again.

In 1993 I left the UK to work in Moscow as a director for a group of casino's and it was here that I started to work in a studio again. In 2003 I started a studio in Moscow which I had until I returned to UK in 2004. Moving back to Bristol I was reduced to a smaller home studio.

In 2008 I decided I wanted to have a larger studio again with various set areas and so "David Radford @ The Studio" was started. The idea was to be able to hire it out around two days a week and the monies received would help cover my outgoings for the studio rather than a business bringing in an income for me. Thus giving me a low cost studio with ever changing backgrounds and props.

Then in July 2011 I moved to Blaengarw near Bridgend into an old Chapel hall.

These days I would rather be classed as an experienced, advanced hobbyist rather than a professional as I'm not trying to make a living from my photography just produce some great pictures.


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