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 and 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 to work with ‘The Sun’ Newspaper in Covent Garden and married Irene Freyne in Dublin.
1966 Became a father to three daughters, Mary, Noreen and Josephine and won second place in the British Press Photographer of the Year Competition.
1969 Arthur’s son Patrick was born. Photographed George Harrison at Apple Corps offices, Baker Street.  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. The thieves were 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, to name but a few.
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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