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 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.
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 and BBC Leeds Online
Preview of the book is available to view via this link:
Designed by Bianca Wallis-Salmon
Printed and Bound by InPrint Colour
Cover: Foiled, 300 gsm
Inner: 150 gsm uncoated
Edition of 250
Self-Published March 2016
The book is also available at:
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