Luke Stephenson

Luke was born on New Years day, 1983 in Darlington, North East England.

Life in Britain and the British psyche are at the core of Lukes work. He photographs what to many epitomises the eccentricity of Britain. Often humorous in their outlook, his series range from prize budgerigars to the World Beard and Moustache Championships. Whether animate or inanimate objects, Stephenson creates affectionate portraits of his subjects and documents worlds often hidden from the mainstream.

He graduated in 2005 and has worked as a freelance photographer since. The same year he was awarded the Jerwood Photography Prize and in 2006 was selected as one of ten photographers to showcase their work at the International Festival of Fashion and Photography at Hyeres, France.

His work has been published in a variety of publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Dazed & Confused, Foam, Art Review and Wallpaper*.

Luke has published two photo books to date , his first was a series of Show Birds published in 2012 and the second published in 2014 is a series exploring the wonderful world of the 99 ice cream.




The Photographers Gallery,

London are responsible for his limited edition print sales.


Over The Wall - KK Outlet x Vans - November 2019

Asama International Photo Festival, Japan - August 2018

Grundy Art Gallery : Circus 250 - July 2018

IMA Gallery : Tennnozu Bridge, Tokyo - May 2018

The Photographers Gallery : An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds 19th January - 19th February 2017

Selfridges : In Fine Feather 16th January - 31st March 2017

MOPA San Diego : Beauty and the Beast: The Animal in Photography 28th May - 8th October 2016

IMA gallery : PHOTOGRAPHY NOW Tokyo Japan - 14th March – 20th April 2014

Belfast Exposed : Thresholds : Curated by Ciara Hickey - 15 March to 26 April 2013

Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia and the UK at the QUAD & Silk Mill in Derby. March 6th – May 3rd 2012

Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia & the UK. The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) 18 February – 8 April 2012

XY. The Ascendancy of Gender: Dudelange Grand December 2008 – February 2009 & MAAC - February – April 2009

The Jen Bekman Gallery: Ornithology Group show New York, June / August 2008

Tatty Devine: 236 Brick lane, London, June / August 2008

New York Photo Festival: Various Photographs curated by Tim Barber May 2008

The Exit Gallery: 125 Charing Cross Rd London: March / May 2007 March / May 2008 /December 2009

Festival International de Mode et de Photographie 2006; Hyères May / April 2006

Jerwood Photography Awards 2005; The Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, 10 February -16 April 2006; Jerwood space London 18 November -11 December 2005

Next Level magazine VDT competition 2005 in association with Audi; shown at the Audi Forum, London


2010: Selected for the Talent Issue of FOAM

2006: One of ten photographers selected to take part in the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie.

2005: One of the Jerwood Photography Awards 2005

2005: Short-listed for the Next Level magazine VDT competition 2005 portrait category


Fondation d’entreprise Hermès (France)

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