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ralph wallis: is this seat taken?

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 on 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. 


The work has been included in an exhibition I curated at Leeds College Of Art which showcased his images for the very first time in celebration of their 170th Birthday. Not only was the exhibition shown within the very walls where he worked, but also where I began my own journey into photography. The exhibition has been featured by the Yorkshire Evening Post, BBC Leeds Online and Made In Leeds TV 4/4/16.


If you would like to order a copy of the book, please visit my online store.
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Prints are available upon request.


Headrow, Leeds, 1950s © Ralph Wallis

Ralph and June, New York, 1950s © Ralph Wallis

Morning On Eastgate, Leeds, 1950s © Ralph Wallis

Daydream June, Leeds, 1950s © Ralph Wallis


Quebec Street, Leeds, 1950s © Ralph Wallis  

Machinist, 1950s © Ralph Wallis

Kirkgate Market. 1960s © Ralph Wallis

Post No Bills 1950s © Ralph Wallis

Boy In Broken Window, 1950s © Ralph Wallis

Tailor 1950s  © Ralph Wallis

Eddie O'Donnell, Leeds College Of Art 1960's © Ralph Wallis

Light Shaft, Leeds Market, 1950s © Ralph Wallis

June © Ralph Wallis

Kirkgate Market 1960s © Ralph Wallis

VW 1960s © Ralph Wallis

Jack 1950s © Ralph Wallis

Kit Car 1950s © Ralph Wallis

Mitre Hotel 1950s © Ralph Wallis

Ralph and June, 1950s © Ralph Wallis


Carol 1950s © Ralph Wallis

June © Ralph Wallis

Carol and Ian 1950s © Ralph Wallis

City Varieties 1950s © Ralph Wallis

Coco The Clown 1950s © Ralph Wallis

Broken Window 1950s © Ralph Wallis

M. Zermansky 1950s © Ralph Wallis

Teacup © Ralph Wallis

Traffic Blur 1950s © Ralph Wallis

Sale at C&A © Ralph Wallis

Multiple Exposure 1960s © Ralph Wallis

Burning the midnight oil 1950s © Ralph Wallis

Hats Hats Hats © Ralph Wallis

Annie 1970s © Ralph Wallis

Kirkgate Market © Ralph Wallis

Rainy day © Ralph Wallis

Tunnel Vision © Ralph Wallis

Nude 1960s © Ralph Wallis

June © Ralph Wallis

Shy 1950s © Ralph Wallis

Mikes 1950's © Ralph Wallis

Street Cat © Ralph Wallis

Boobs © Ralph Wallis

Demolition © Ralph Wallis

Tennis 1980s © Ralph Wallis

June © Ralph Wallis

Leeds Art Gallery © Ralph Wallis

Mrs Mop © Ralph Wallis

Boredom © Ralph Wallis

Childrens Hats © Ralph Wallis

Cheeky © Ralph Wallis

Vendor © Ralph Wallis

Bus Stop © Ralph Wallis

Up To No Good © Ralph Wallis

Quarry Hill © Ralph Wallis

Seamstress © Ralph Wallis

Indian Summer © Ralph Wallis

Buying Vinyl 1960s © Ralph Wallis

Through The Window © Ralph Wallis

Jumble

Kirkgate Market 1960s © Ralph Wallis

Urchins © Ralph Wallis

Ammunition © Ralph Wallis

Kirkgate Market 1960s © Ralph Wallis

Autumn © Ralph Wallis

Decay © Ralph Wallis

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