Stuart Cartwright hails from Bolton. Raised on a sturdy, northern diet of meat & potato pies, curly-chip butties and proper brews – mostly consumed at his beloved Gran’s house – Stu always had an artistic slant. He also had a sporty one; when he wasn’t sketching, he was winning trophies as a tennis champion and, latterly enjoying life as a pro-tennis coach.
Inspired by the legacy of his uncle, esteemed ‘Usborne Books’ illustrator, Stephen Cartwright, Stu has always been at home with a sketchpad. However, despite never being allowed to touch ‘Dad’s camera’, it was photography that won-out as his main passion, and now affords him chip butties on an almost regular basis.
It’s at this point I’m duty-bound to explain that Stu hasn’t written this biog himself, on the basis he finds talking about himself “cringe-worthy”. But, after putting it off for two months, somebody had to.
Despite feeling he’s still new to photography and learning all the time, Stu is “chuffed” to have been published internationally, through his shoot with “Britain’s Next Top Model’ star Charlotte Holmes. In addition to his fashion and reportage photography, he has exclusively shot actresses Nikki Sanderson and Claire King, actor, Sir Ian McKellen, and singer Katherine Ellis. His most recent commission for BBC Radio 3’s ‘Ultimate Musical Battle’ for BBC Children in Need will be released nationally to UK press and TV, late October.
Stu strives for bold, honest, iconic imagery - rooted in everyday simplicity. He hopes his photographs tell stories, but allow the viewer to twist the plot and create their own ending. He remains inspired by photographer, Norman Parkinson. (He also wants to shoot that bird ‘Ann Ward’ off ‘America’s Next Top Model season 15’ so, if you’re reading this and know her, put a word in. Ta.)