ralph wallis: is this seat taken?
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.
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 photographic facilities so he decided to create the very first darkroom at the Vernon Street campus. Thus paving the way for future students including myself.
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.
His images were included in an exhibition I curated at Leeds College Of Art 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.