Apart from being chosen as a Hasselblad Master for 2007, Stuart Weston also has another thing in common with March’s Master, Raya – he too is a big fan of Vogue Italia. In fact, his initial interest in fashion photography was sparked 20 years ago, as he says, by “simply enjoying fashion and flicking through the pages of Italian Vogue.” But that initial interest developed into a full-blown passion and he eventually gave up his career as an engineer at British Aerospace to take up fashion photography as a full-time professional. Since then, Stuart, whose favourite pastimes include riding his motorcycle and playing the drums, has built up an enviable client list, including Toni and Guy, Trevor Sorbie, Wella, Clynol, Harrods, GQ, Elle, Vogue, Tatler, Grazia, Harpers and Queen, Virgin, EMI, Adidas, Arena Sportswear, and Robbie Williams. With no formal photographic education to speak of, – he is “self-taught and proud of it!” – Stuart attributes his success to a combination of talent, hard work and determination. It’s also arguable that his desire to produce ever better and more creative images could also be added to that list, for, as other Hasselblad Masters have admitted, Stuart is not yet satisfied with his photographic achievements and states: “There is still a lot more that I want to do.”
Dedicated to fashion photography – he wouldn’t want to work in any other area – Stuart admires and is inspired by photographers such as Stephen Meisel, Javier Vanhollrat, Sarah Moon, Nick Knight and Cecil Beaton. He is currently concentrating on building the multimedia side of his business and particularly enjoys larger scale projects, which can at times include being involved at all stages: from concept, design and photography, through to interactive media and print.