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Syd was born in Pontefract in 1947. Having studied fine art in Yorkshire he began his photography practice in the early 1970s, following a move to Australia. In Sydney, Shelton worked as a freelance photo-journalist for newspapers such as Nation Review, The Age, and Digger.

In 1976, he returned to London and established the design and photography partnership Red Wedge Graphics which evolved into the current agency Graphicsi. Shelton become one of the key activists in the movement Rock Against Racism (RAR). He was a photographer and one of the designers of the RAR magazine Temporary hoarding which was published between 1976 and 1981.
During the 1980s, as well as producing photographs for magazines and the press, and graphics for the public and private sector.

Syd co-edited, and was art director of, a series of photographic books that includes Day in the Life of London, and Ireland: A Week in the Life of a Nation. His work has been widely published and is in numerous public and private collections including: the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Tate Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers Gallery, The Istrian Museum of
Modern Art, Rock Archive, Eric Frank Fine Art and Autograph.

In 2015 a book of Syd’s RAR associated photographs was published by Autograph, Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism and accompanied by the touring exhibition of the same name.

Steve & David

The Programme Team

We will be returning to meeting in person (subject to Government restrictions etc) with the following conditions: –

  1. No hybrid events.  We aim for the majority of Events to be in the hall, with occasional Zoom events (no recordings) when speakers are international, etc.
  2. Attendees at the hall are recommended to be double vaccination and/or to have received a booster
  3. Attendeees are asked to take a LFT taken within 24 hours of the meeting.
  4. Masks will be mandatory, unless attendee has an exception.
  5. Any member with positive LFT or PCR test or displaying/feeling any symptoms of a cold, lack of taste/smell etc. pertaining to Covid will be required to stay away from meetings.
  6. The same applies to any member who has knowingly come into contact with a confirmed case of Covid.
  7. All windows, curtains and doors into the hall will remain open for the duration of the meeting.
  8. There will be no tea/coffee break during the pandemic. Members will bring their own refreshments.
  9. Meetings will go through without a break to minimise time in a confined space.