Stephen Perry is a renowned photographer based in the United Kingdom. His specialties include portraiture, celebrities, interiors, commercial, art, and nude photography.
Perry considers nude photography to be a classic genre, timeless. Through his images, he highlights the beauty and eroticism found in the female body through confident and empowering renditions. Furthermore, he favors shooting erotic art rather than fine art because a picture that can accelerate the heart rate has a higher impact. Throughout his career, he did not consider having a favorite model, but now prefers working with his wife as the model. His wife brings a provocative personality and inspires him to produce better work.
His projects take inspiration from the images of German-Australian photographer Helmut Newton. More specifically, the image of American actress and singer Raquel Welch in her backyard. Some of his other inspirations include the works of Scottish photographer Albert Watson, English photographer David Bailey, French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Armenian-Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh. Furthermore, his life experiences, the movies he sees, and other random things he encounters, all influence his work.
Stephen Perry grew up in Folkestone, a seaside town located in the southeast of England. At ten years old, he received his first camera, a Kodak Retina manual camera, from his father cementing his interest in photography. However, his father wanted him to work in real estate. By the age of twenty-five, he was an assistant for other professional photographers and would begin to pursue a professional career.
For three years Stephen Perry assisted English photographer and film director Terence Donovan. Through his assistantship, he worked for publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, and a variety of other advertising, commercial, and editorial patrons. In the mid-1990s, after working with Donovan, he started working for Loaded, a men’s lifestyle magazine. During his tenure there, he shot celebrities and semi-clothed women. His style helped shape the look of the original publication. Furthermore, some of the celebrities photographed include musician Boy George, actor Charles Dance, multi-Michelin starred chef Gordon Ramsay, comedian Greg Davies, and Sir Ian McKellen. In addition, he also worked for international men’s magazine Maxim and similar publications before deciding to exclusively shoot female nudes for his creative projects and focus on portraiture for commercial ones.
His work experience also includes photographing for national newspapers such as the Sun and The Guardian, car magazines like Top Gear, celebrity magazines, various publicity for television shows on the BBC, Channel 4, among others, and other public relations content for advertising companies. Some of Perry’s achievements include having his work displayed in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe. Furthermore, he teaches photography classes for private individuals and group workshops. Aside from his photographic accomplishments, Perry holds a Bachelor of Science.
Stephen Perry self-describes his nudes as evocative, poised, and confident. In the future, he hopes to continue creating interesting and beautiful pictures for as long as he can.
2017 November Juried Show – Salon, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
2017 November Juried Show – Nude Nite 2017, Miami, FL
2017 May Juried Show – Exposed: The Contemporary Nude, 1650 Gallery
2017 May Juried Show – ARTUndressed 2017, Miami, FL
2017 February Juried Show – ON THE EDGE 7”, Erotic Photography Exhibition, SF, CA
2016 August Juried Show – Peep Show, Black Earth Gallery
2016 July Juried Show – Figurative, Light Space & Time
2016 May Juried Show – ARTUndressed 2016, Miami, FL
2016 April Juried Show – Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Seattle, WA
2016 March Juried Show – Nude Nite 2016, Tampa, FL
2016 February Juried Show – Nude Nite 2016, Orlando, FL
2016 January 2-Man Show – Isolated Decay Lively Vibrance, Palo Alto, CA
2015 November Juried Show – 2015 International Juried Exhibition – Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
2015 November Juried Show – The Narrative Portrait, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, South Carolina
2015 October Juried Show – international exhibition – elements: water, Valencia, Spain
2015 October 2-Man Show – form, Palo Alto, CA
2015 October Juried Show – California! Small Works, PHOTO, Oakland, CA
2015 August Juried Show – Humanscapes, Palo Alto, CA
2015 August Group Exhibit – Picture It! by LGSCC, Keeble and Schucat, Palo Alto, CA
2015 May Group Exhibit – Los Gatos City Hall
2015 April Group Exhibit – Waterways, DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA
2015 April Juried Show – Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Seattle, WA
2015 March Juried Show – Nude Nite 2015, Tampa, FL
2015 February Juried Show – Your Choice, Exhibition Without Walls
2015 February Juried Show – Curves and Lines, Linus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 February Juried Show – 2015 Abstracts, 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 February Juried Show – Nude Nite 2015, Orlando, FL
2015 February Juried Show – Photo Shoot Awards – Nude 2015
2015 January Juried Show – 2015 International Juried Exhibition – A Portfolio Competition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
2015 January Group Exhibit – Richard Dischler Workshop Award Winners, Keeble and Schucat, Palo Alto, CA
2014 November Juried Show – Art Undressed, Miami, FL
2014 November Juried Show – go figure, Black Earth Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA
2014 November Group Exhibit – RAW Artists: Current , San Francisco, CA
2014 October Group Exhibit – Harmony II, Peking Duck, Palo Alto, CA
2014 September Juried Show – The Elegant Nude, The Gallery at the Watershed, Eugene, OR
2014 August Group Exhibit – Destination or Location?, Keeble and Schucat, Palo Alto, CA
2014 May Group Exhibit – RAW: Revoluton, San Jose, CA
2014 March/April Group Exhibit – Rhythm, Keeble and Schucat, Palo Alto, CA
2014 March Group Exhibit – Where We Are, Keeble and Schucat, Palo Alto, CA