Syd Shelton


Syd Shelton

Having studied fine art in Yorkshire he began his photography practice in the early 1970s, following a move to Australia. In Sydney, Syd worked as a freelance photo-journalist for newspapers such as Nation Review, The Age, and Digger. In 1975 he had a solo exhibition of his photographs, ‘Working Class Heroes’ at the Sydney Film-makers Cooperative. In 1976, Syd returned to London and he established the design and photography partnership ‘Hot Pink Heart/Red Wedge Graphics’ which evolved into the current agency ‘Graphicsi’. Syd became one of the key activists in the movement Rock against Racism. He was the photographer and one of the designers of the RAR magazine ‘Temporary hoarding’ which was published between 1976 to 1981. During the 1980s, as well as producing photographs for magazines and the press, and graphics for the public and private sector, Syd co-edited, and was art director of, a series of photographic books that includes the award winning Day in the Life of London, and Ireland: A Week in the Life of a Nation. His work has been widely published and is in numerous collections including the V&A, The Tate Gallery, The Photographers Gallery, The Istrian Museum of Modern Art, Rock Archive, Eric Frank Fine Art and Autograph ABP. Syd's photographs from the 1970s are featured in the solo touring exhibition ‘Rock Against Racism’ currently at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow until April 9.