About Arthur – A Brief Chronology

1936 Born on 6th December in Newcastle upon Tyne
1945 Spent one year in an Orphanage due to his Mother contracting T.B.
1949-51 Spent two years training to be a Priest at Urshaw College, Durham
1953 Became a trainee photographer at the Evening Chronicle & The Newcastle Journal
1956-58 Called up for two years National Service working as a Photographer alongside Terence Donovan
1963 Moved to the ‘Daily Herald’ Newspaper in Manchester
1965 Moved to London on ‘The Sun’ Newspaper in Covent Garden and got married the same year to Irene in Dublin
1966 Became a father to his three daughters, Mary, Noreen and Josephine and in the same year also won 2nd Place in the British Press Photographer of the Year Competition
1969 Arthur’s son Patrick was born and moved from IPC to Rupert Murdoch’s News International
1970 Won Granada Television’s Picture of the Year with the photograph titled: ‘Wilson’s in Defeat’. And was runner up in the British Press Photo Awards
1971-72 Covered the Bangladesh Liberation War and travelled to Bethlehem on another photographic assignment. Photographed Rupert Murdoch at his desk in Bouverie Street, London. Beaten up and robbed of all Camera’s in Notting Hill but managed to get the thieves convicted and sentenced
1973 Captured the formal wedding photographs at Princess Anne’s wedding to Mark Phillips inside Buckingham Palace, working alongside the Photographer Norman Parkinson
1974 Covered the Ethiopian Famine
1975-80 Became Deputy Picture Editor. Invited to photograph Margaret Thatcher at her home in Flood Street, Chelsea. Also photographed Marty Feldman, Shirley Bassey, Ian Dury, Bob Champion, Christine Keeler, Alan Minter, Ian Botham, James Hunt, Marti Caine, Marvin Hagler, Justin Fashanu, amongst many others…
1981-82 Photographed Eric Morecambe in his study, Ronnie Biggs in Rio de Janeiro, Henry Cooper at home and captured the historical picture, ‘The Kiss’ between Charles, The Prince of Wales & Diana, The Princess of Wales on their Wedding Day at Buckingham Palace
1983-84 Won Kodak’s Picture of the Year Award with the photograph titled ‘Fallen Angel’. Photographed Kevin Keegan’s last Football Match for Newcastle United
1985 Covered Ronnie Kray’s Wedding in Broadmoor Hospital, Photographed Elton John at his home in Old Windsor and the release of George Best from Ford Prison
1986 Went on an assignment to Jamaica and moved offices from Fleet Street to Wapping
1989-90 Admitted into The Priory Hospital in Roehampton with severe depression.  Officially retired in 1990
2013 Arthur began working with his son Patrick on ‘The Arthur Steel Archive’
2018 81 years old, fully recovered, enjoying retirement and loves to oversee the production of his photographic prints


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