Ken Dodd laughs into Arthur Steel’s Camera, beneath Blackpool Tower.
Note: Image unearthed January 2013.
Arthur recalls: “I warmed to Ken immediately, he was an absolute gentleman to work with. He had me in hysterics the whole time. We took some pictures on the beach and then he invited me to meet his wife in a greasy spoon café. He was extremely funny over breakfast, I remember laughing to myself all the way home in the car, great memories, a lovely man.”
Camera: Leica 35mm.
Film stock: Kodak Tri-X Pan.
Print Type: Fibre-based Harman Galerie FB Digital.
Printed by: Metro Imaging.
All prints are limited editions, no further prints are produced once sold.
60″ prints / edition of 5
50″ prints / edition of 10
40″ prints / edition of 20
30″ prints / edition of 30
20″ prints / edition of 50
12″ prints / edition of 50
Bespoke: All prints are bespoke and printed to order.
Presentation: 12 and 20 inch prints are titled, numbered, signed and carefully enfolded in acid free tissue paper, supplied flat in an acid free 4mm 3-ply box for delivery and storage purposes. The boxes are ideal for gift wrapping. The larger 30, 40, 50 and 60 inch prints are also titled, numbered, signed and carefully enfolded in acid free tissue paper and inserted into a rigid 4mm thick protective cardboard tube for delivery.
Delivery: Metro Imaging based in Central London use an experienced shipping service to deliver the boxed and rolled prints. Metro take great care in ensuring the print(s) are very well protected and efficiently delivered anywhere in the UK or overseas. Acid free tissue paper protects prints from scratching/creasing. Metro also offer a vast array of delivery options to suit the recipient’s preference.
Optional Dry Mounting: Professional Dry Mounting of the larger print sizes can be arranged at an additional cost, the print would then be perfectly flat and ready for framing. However, this makes the overall size very bulky for transporting, so, it may be best for us to send a rolled print directly to your framers and let them carry out the works. You just need to make sure that they are insured as we cannot take responsibility for any damages that may occur.
Certificate of Authenticity: Each print acquired from The Arthur Steel Archive is accompanied by an individually signed Certificate of Authenticity.
Video of Authenticity: Newly printed bespoke prints are further authenticated by way of a short personalised video. Arthur Steel mentions your name on the recording prior to signing. For example, Arthur will say something like: “I’m signing this print of Ken Dodd, edition number 2/20 for Mr. Smith in New York.” For your records, the footage is then sent to you via email.
Watermark: Watermarks will not be present on an original print.
Copyright: © Arthur Steel / The Arthur Steel Archive.
Biography: Sir Kenneth Arthur Dodd, OBE (born 8 November 1927) is an English comedian, singer-songwriter and actor, identified by his unruly hair and protruding teeth, his red, white and blue “tickling stick” and his upbeat greeting of “How tickled I am!”. He also created the characters of the Diddy Men (“diddy” being an informal British word for “small”).
Dodd works mainly in the music hall tradition, although he has occasionally appeared in dramatic roles, including Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on stage in Liverpool in 1971; on television in the cameo role of ‘The Tollmaster’ in the 1987 Doctor Who story Delta and the Bannermen; and as Yorick (in silent flashback) in Kenneth Branagh’s film version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in 1996. In the 1960s his fame in the UK was such that he rivalled the Beatles as a household name, with his recording of “Tears” being the UK’s third-best-selling single of the 1960s. His records have sold millions worldwide.
As of 2018, at the age of 90, he continues to tour the UK with The Ken Dodd Happiness Show.
He was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to entertainment and charity.