Sue Atkinson has more than 30 years experience working as a food photographer in London. Before turning to digital capture Sue honed her skills with film and large-format cameras, processing her own colour transparencies and printing from her own black and white negatives. Sue's first food projects were commissions for the publishing industry illustrating cookery books including some of the earliest microwave and vegetarian titles. Moving to her current specially-equipped studio in the heart of London's Fitzrovia she took on more challenging briefs from design groups and advertising agencies and from here she now enjoys working with a diverse range of international food clients as well as continuing to develop her own personal work. While her photography extends to other subjects it is the natural organic properties of food which inspire her most. Sue's clients include McDonald's, McCain's, McVitie's, M&S, Tetley Tea, Flora, Old El Paso, Knorr and Krispy Kreme.
In addition Sue has taught studio photography and photographic appreciation throughout the UK, with experience in setting-up and advising on BA and MA photography courses as well as giving public lectures in venues including the V&A Museum, The National Portrait Gallery and The Courtauld Institute on her research into the history of advertising photography in Britain for which she earned her MA and PhD from the Royal College of Art.
Mike Roles is an acclaimed fine art photographer whose work extends from the straight photographic print through employing the photographic image together with three-dimensional forms to making free-standing sculpture. The diverse expressive fluidity of the photographic image is a constant source of inspiration for Mike and it gives him great pleasure to share his love of the medium by developing the creative potential in others.
Mike's work has been widely shown in major exhibitions both mixed and solo throughout the UK and abroad, including the RPS National Centre for photography, The Rotterdam Photo Biennale, Atlantis Fine Arts, London and Espace Guyot, Paris. In 1999 Mike was commissioned by Lloyds of London to design and build a large photographic sculpture to mark the coming of 21st century: the resulting Lloyd's Millennium ImageSculpture measures 10mx2.6m and is thought to the largest corporate portrait in existence.
Mike also has considerable teaching experience. He has been Head of Department and Principle lecturer in photography at The University of the Arts, London and has lectured at a number of eminent universities including the Royal College of Art and Aberdeen University. Among his qualifications Mike has an MA in Photography and a PhD which explores The relationship between photography and sculpture, both from the Royal College of Art.
What the critics say:
- "(His work) struck me as the most innovative and important piece of work since the 1940’s." British Journal of Photography
- “Spectacular photographic sculpture” The Professional Photographer
- “His work causes excitement and in some instances, controversy” Kodak Magazine