My father, Arthur Steel, is a renowned Fleet Street photographer and because of his career I grew up surrounded by photographic equipment and cameras. From the age of seven I would help my father print black and white images in the darkroom. Later on in life I studied photography for a year at college and after undergoing a fortnight of unpaid work experience I was lucky enough to be offered a full time position at London’s largest photographic studio, Holborn Studios.
I worked there for a couple of years as a studio assistant, setting up lighting and backgrounds for a vast cross-section of photographers and then went on to assist as a freelancer for a further eight years travelling extensively around the globe on assignments working closely with many of Britain’s wonderful and well respected celebrity photographers, including the late, great Terry O’Neill. We worked on countless assignments together including formal portraits of Her Majesty the Queen at both Buckingham Palace and Sandringham. I was also lucky enough to have worked extensively with celebrity photographers David Steen, Brian Aris and Brian Moody, to name but a few.
Image: Patrick; standing next to one of his large-scale portraits of James, JH XVII ‘Superstar’.