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After Velázquez. Sunderland Photographer Les Golding

During a forty year career with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums I had the privilege to photograph objects from the collections of all of the major museums and galleries within the North East of England and many objects in the collections of national museums and galleries. TWAM consists of museums and art galleries across North and South Tyneside, Newcastle, Sunderland and Gateshead, including The Laing Art Gallery, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and the Shipley Art Gallery.

My work routinely would appear in all exhibitions, publications and several web applications and sites.

I also had the privilege to photograph objects from many important private collections including the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's collection of Lalique glass at Clarence House, London.

From 2002 until 2011 I managed the photography of all of the digitisation of collections projects undertaken by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

Newcastle/Gateshead Medical Volunteers Masquarade Ball. Sunderland Photographer Les Golding

I was privileged to photograph many of the royal family, pop and rock stars and celebrities from all walks of life at exhibition openings and building development initiatives.

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A significant number of exhibitions that I worked on were on an architectural nature.

Exhibitions on the work of the 19th century architect John Dobson, The History of Tyneside Churches and 12 Tyneside Churches for example, are just a few that come to mind.

These exhibitions required the use of huge prints shot on 5"x4" view camera in both black and white and colour for wall mounting - as exhibits in their own right.


I have a huge collection of photographs taken both in the United Kingdom and around the world, in particular Greece and the Greek Islands, Egypt, New York, Paris and Barbados. Some of these images are available to view in my portfolio section but I am unable to include my whole archive.

Please use my contact page to request information of specific locations or to discuss a commision.

Travellers caravans. Sunderland Photographer Les Golding
  Documentary photography has been my passion for over thirty years and was the genre' I specialised in while at University.

During the 1980's and 1990's I photographed many of the North East of England's "traditional" industries.

I spent several weeks taking documentary photographs of Austin & Pickersgill Shipyard prior to closure, Wearmouth and Westoe Collieries prior to closure, Sunderland Central Fire Station, Binns Department Store and several regional schools - some of these photographs are available to view on line.

The image above is of travellers caravans taken in the summer of 2014


© Les Golding Photography 2014