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Steve Russell

Steve Russell – Photographer:


Steve Russell has been taking photographs since he was a child, his passion for the camera eventually prompting his father into building him a darkroom. That proved an enlightened investment, ultimately helping transform a schoolboy hobby into an award-winning career as a versatile professional photographer of portraits, landscapes, interiors and works of art.


Steve’s personal works show a little-known facet of his broader creative endeavours, revealing him as an image-maker of great vision and sensitivity. The following extract is by Claude Koenig and Rungwe Kingdon, founders of Pangolin Editions and the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation:


“We have shared with Steve Russell dozens of trips to Africa and are always enthralled and amazed at his response to the environment, wildlife and people we have encountered. In this age of digital cameras in the hands of all who visit the world, Steve conveys a unique and personal vision in his work. One element of his distinctiveness is that he takes his photographs not solely from the top of a vehicle but often on foot. It means that he sees the micro dramas of insect life as well as portrays new angles on larger land mammals; stalking elephants on foot using all the bushcraft possible in order not to disturb his subject takes guts, skill and patience. The potential danger heightens the senses and the emotion-charged close encounter comes through vividly in the images with a very distinctive feel often absent in the everyday ‘safari shot’.


To take the Rolls Royce of cameras, a Hasselblad H4D200MS through dust, rain, mud and sweat on a long walk in the bush is considered madness in the extreme by most photographers but the clarity and precision that the resulting images contain is breathtaking and rewarding. Immense landscapes awe with the detail they reveal whilst at the opposite extreme the macro scrutiny of scales and texture of a butterfly wing delights in its surprising complexity. At a cost of broken lenses and beaten up cameras, Steve creates mind-blowing and inspiring pictures. In choosing to primarily observe the world on foot, Steve places himself on ground level with the animals and humans in their landscape. As a result, there is present in his images, a tangible sense of connection and empathy with his subject of a very direct and intimate nature, his own, singular and exciting vision of some of the wildest corners of East Africa.”


-Claude Koenig and Rungwe Kingdon June 2016


The images Steve has created on his many visits to Uganda, Rwanda, and elsewhere in Africa are not just a visual record of his travels. They also represent a more personal journey of self-discovery. It is often said that to meet Africa is finally to meet oneself. That broadening of inner horizons is a gift only a continent as vast and vibrant as Africa can bestow. Russell repays it in a rich photographic tribute of which we are also the beneficiaries.

Awards and Exhibitions:


Currently Showing

Steve Russell Studios – Two In The Bush
November 2017


Permanent Exhibitions

Permanent Collection of Prints
British Council, Kampala Uganda
Photines Part of the Permanent Collection ‘Nature and Art’


Past Exhibitions

Steve Russell Studios – East African Coast Exhibition
July 2017
Steve Russell Studios – A Decade at Nailsworth Exhibition
November 2016
Camden Gallery – Walking On The Wildside
July 2016
Exhibition at The Parabola Art’s Centre in association with Cheltenham Ladies’ College
April 2016
Gallery Pangolin – Christmas Cracker!
November 2015
Studio & The Fabric of Africa Open Day at Steve’s studio
November 2015
Studio & Gallery Open Day at Steve’s studio
December 2014
Campden Gallery – Solo Show
July 2014
Gallery Pangolin – On Home Turf
May 2014
Campden Gallery – Works on Paper
March 2014
Pangolin London – Christmas Show 2013
December 2013
Gallery Pangolin – Christmas Cracker 2013
December 2013
Talk at Eton College Photographic Society
March 2013
Nature in Art – Clan totems: in context
March 2013
Pangolin London – Solo show, Katonda Wenge exhibition and book launch
February 2013
Studio & Gallery Open Day at Steve’s studio
December 2012
Gallery Pangolin group show
December 2012
Studio & Gallery Open Day at Steve’s studio
December 2011
Pangolin London – Beast
March 2011
An exhibition of sculpture, prints and drawings. Exhibiting alongside David Bailey, Jon Buck, Jonathan Kenworthy and many others.
Pangolin London Christmas show
December 2010
An exhibition of sculpture, prints and drawings. Exhibiting alongside David Bailey, Ralph Brown, Jon Buck, Daniel and Lynn Chadwick, Ann Christopher, Almuth Tebbenhoff and many others.
Studio & Gallery Open Day at Steve’s studio
December 2010
Gallery Pangolin Chalford – Christmas Cracker
November 2009
Pangolin London – In The Mix II
July 26th – September 6th 2009
Ralph Brown Book Launch London
April 2009
Campden Gallery – Image with Jon Buck
March 2008
Pangolin London – Rock Art Rock Music with Peter Randall-Page
September 2008
Nature in Art – Exhibit
Gloucestershire 2007
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
Kampala Uganda – November 2007
Portland Gallery London – Kenworthy Book Launch
November 2007
Gerald Peters Gallery
New York Feb 2008
Museum in the Park Stroud – Portrait of Pangolin
(First recorded photine/image on patinated bronze donated to Museum in the Park)
Sept 2006


Hasselblad Masters Competition
Finalist from 10,000 applicants to 100
Travel Photographer of The Year
Epson Pano Awards
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
5 images Shortlisted
National Geographic Traveller
Finalist for Animal Photographer of the Year
British Book Design and Production Awards
‘Katonda Wedge: East Africa Photographs – Steve Russell’
Shortlisted for Best Book in the ‘Photographic Books, Arts/Architecture Monographs’ Category
Royal West of England Academy
Two Photines selected to be hung from 1700 submissions.
Hasselblad Masters
SAPPI Gold Award
‘Best book’ North America and Canada for Jonathan Kenworthy – Sculpture and Works on Paper.
Royal West of England Academy
Through The Lens – Exhibition work selected to be hung from 2600 entries.

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