Lee Frost

 

Artist Biography:

Lee Frost is one of the UK’s best-known landscape and travel photographers, and one of the world’s best-selling photography authors. His introduction to photography came at the tender age of 15 in the form of a brick-like Soviet Zenith 35mm SLR, and very quickly he realised he had discovered his vocation – and the perfect excuse to not really work for a living, which he could never see the sense in anyway given that life’s so short. While still a teenager, his work started to appear in the UK photographic press, and he even got paid for it. Realising that if he could repeat this process often enough, his ambition of not really working for a living might actually become a reality, he started taking more photographs. 1988 proved to be a pivotal year. Having backpacked to Istanbul with a friend, he entered a portfolio of travel images into a competition in SLR Photography Magazine, and won. (He was told later that only three people entered.) The prize was an all-expenses paid week shadowing a pro while he took photos for the following year’s SunMed Go Turkey Holidays brochure. Six months on, he was invited for an interview for the post of Features Writer on the very same magazine, and was offered it, having never had a word published in his life. His talent for writing was quickly recognised. In 1990 he scooped a couple of awards for his technique articles. Rising through the editorial ranks, he helped to launch and produce the highly successful Photo Answers magazine and eventually became its editor. Between times, he enjoyed a spell as Assistant Editor on Practical Photography, in the days when it was selling over 100,000 copies a month. Then he got itchy feet, and at the ripe old age of 25, still young enough and daft enough to think that he could scrape a living while romancing the two loves of his life – taking photographs and writing about taking photographs – he decided to go freelance. That was 1992. Over 20 years, 20 books, hundreds of magazine articles, hundreds of thousands of images and millions of words later, he is still managing to hang on in there. His scribblings appear regularly in magazines, while his images are marketed by many household names and have been used for everything from posters to pitta bread packaging. For the last ten years he’s also been leading sell-out photo workshops and tours around the world, passing on his passion for all things photographic to like-minded souls. After so long at this game, you’d imagine he’d be getting a bit bored by now. But he is more enthusiastic, more inspired, more committed to making photographs than ever before. But most important of all – it certainly beats working for a living!

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