Steve Macleod

Visiting Professor of Photography

School of Technology, Business and Arts

Steve graduated in 1993 with an MA in Photography from RGU Grays School of Art, Aberdeen .

He is the senior Director at Metro Imaging in London. He has been working for over twenty years with many of the worlds formative artists and photographers and his company offers a comprehensive solution for fine-art photographic exhibition and collecting markets, with a global reach working with individuals; commercial galleries and public institutions. Since 2011, Steve has fundamentally changed the direction of the business from one of mainly commercial photographic production to become one of Europe s most successful and innovative imaging companies.

Steve has published several books on photography including The Master Printers Workbook he is recognised as one of the last remaining B&W Master Printers of a generation working to the highest quality and standard. He has introduced innovative new technologies to his industry and was responsible for inventing the world s first hybrid B&W analogue-digital silver gelatin paper and a photographic quality low-tack adhesive material for exhibition and display.

Steve has dedicated much of his career to education and professional practice in photography and in 2004 was awarded with a Fellowship of the RSA for his services to industry and education. He joined the CEAT education programme in 2014 to promote and encourage photography and visualarts in Secondary Education. Steve is also a life member of Frontline Journalist club and an Ambassador for the Photovoice Charity. He is a print consultant for Magnum Photos Agency and also helped form VII Agency that redefined photographic journalism and the relationship between photographer and agency representation.

In 2006 he instigated a company funded Professional Mentoring scheme in his industry sector the scheme assessed the photographic education system at that time and its remit was twofold it set out to provide a constructive platform for graduates to learn and be mentored in professional practice and to turnaround the high failure rate of creative graduates, ensuring long term careers in photography. To date he has personally mentored over twenty individuals, many of whom have gone on to be highly regarded in their field. He is currently mentoring and supporting eight individuals and would now like to see a recognised photography craft apprenticeship and is contributing to the Governments Craft Trailblazers scheme.

Steve is also a practicing artist in his own right, with works being held in both private and public collections and is represented by Atlas Gallery in London.

In 2012 Metro Imaging was awarded with a Royal Warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales, Steve is proud to be associated with organisation and is the current Grantee, he is actively involved in promoting the RWHA and is a Trustee of the RWHA Charitable Organisation QEST.