Ron Bambridge

Ron Bambridge

Ron has established an international reputation and respect, for his `unique eye` creativity and excellence.

Ron was born in London and started his career in photography as an assistant photographer, in the late 1970’s, in a busy and buzzing photographic studio of a large London Advertising Agency, soaking up valuable creative, and industry experience and learning the technical craft of his trade.

At the age of just 24, it was time to move on, and Ron became a freelancer, taking an amazing opportunity to acquire his own studio just off, Baker Street, in the West End of London.
Harnessing his natural talent, with skills developed as an assistant, he was now working for himself, in a way he had always wanted.

His passion for photography developed in his early teens, when he acquired his first 35mm camera, a Nikon F ( which he still owns and uses! )
Using black and white film, his main subjects, were street scenes around London’s east end, and Brighton on the south coast.
He set-up his own darkroom in a small room at home complete with enlarger, chemicals, developing tanks, printing papers etc, and taught himself how to process film and produce prints. Inspiration and help came from his father, himself, an amateur film maker.

Once settled in his Baker Street studio, Ron formed great relationships with, Art Directors, Designers, Advertising Agencies and Design Groups. Using large format Sinar 10X8 and 5X4 cameras and film, he specialised in still life to begin with, a genre that helped him a great deal in his early career, learning attention to detail, lighting, a strict compositional sense and above all, patience! All disciplines he still uses to this day on all his work, location and landscapes.

Offers soon arrived for more varied shoots, taking him into new areas of photography and developing his skills and specialisms outside of the studio. Working on location shoots, covering: Advertising, People, Industrial, Landscape, Aerial and Panoramic, using a variety of different cameras and film formats.

During his career, he has produced complex shoots for a vast range of clients including: British Airways, Welsh Development Agency, American Airlines, BMW, Orient Express Hotels Trains and Cruises, Toyota, Rothschild's, Forte Hotels, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, plus agencies such as J Walter Thompson and Saatchi.

Some of these have taken him on assignment to many continents and countries all over the world, photographing a whole range of varied subjects, everything from cruise ships, cars, intercontinental trains and aircraft, to open cast copper mines and plantations around Africa.

One very special project for Ron was a commission to produce the photography for a special Centenary book celebrating ‘100 years’ of  Brooklands Museum in Surrey, photographing its incredible collection of aircraft, cars and motorcycles.

A unique opportunity to creatively document almost the entire collection.
It took many months, to complete the project to his creative satisfaction. All the completed imagery was produced on a medium format digital back with Mamiya cameras and lenses, the finished book published by Touchstone Books.

Along with a full catalogue of professional assignments, Ron has also undertaken his own creative projects, with subjects that have captured his interest.
These have included: Landscape and people of the Californian Gold rush areas and the abandoned areas of Detroit USA.
This project is available in his book “Detroit Downtown & Abandoned”

Ron’s Landscape’s have been included in the exhibition ‘British Landscapes in Danger’ organised by the Council for the protection of Rural England, and exhibited at London’s Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank.
His photography has been published in a variety of books, with one of his iconic Lake District photographs being auctioned at Christies in aid of the Charity, ‘Sportsman’s Aid’ (Harefield Hospital Appeal)

Ron was voted “Best AOP photographer” in the AOP Open Awards with his Detroit photography and has also received Gold, Silver and Merit awards in the Association of photographers Awards. He was also awarded best Panoramic photography from Kodak in The National Business calendar Awards. His many other industry awards are listed on his website along with other examples of his work.

More recently, Ron has turned his lens to capturing British landscape and wildlife and short documentary film making, his work is/has been screened internationally and attracted many short documentary film awards.

Rons’ aim, as a creative photographer, has always remained the same, to create pictures that are strong in both composition and subject matter, in the most dramatic way possible.

Ron lives in Surrey where His lifetime's work and love of photography, continues…..