RALPH WALLIS: IS THIS SEAT TAKEN?
All Images © Ralph Wallis 2019
Ralph Wallis is a lesser-known but prolific photographer who took up the camera in the 1950’s. His career in photography began at the Yorkshire Evening News where he worked as a photojournalist alongside childhood friend and actor, Peter O’Toole. Ralph documented life on the streets of Leeds and unknowingly also captured a visual record of the city now transformed by the passing of time.
Ralph went onto to become a photography technician at Leeds College Of Art and subsequently Lecturer In Charge of Photography. At that time there were no photography facilities so he decided to create the very first darkroom at the Vernon Street campus. Coincidentally I also attended the college and learnt to process film within the Vernon Street darkroom, however not the same one that Ralph developed.
After his time at the College he emigrated to Canada where he worked as a staff photographer for Vancouver Life and Guide Magazine. Ralph has remained in Vancouver and still wields the camera to this day.
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