Les Stevens and
Ronnie and Les got together and took
over the old Campbell Harper premises in the Dundas Street basement
All went fine and they built a superb
studio with 4x5, 10x8 and Hasslblads and were the first to use 'fish
fryers' the early Broncolour flash soft-lights we now take for
Ronnie's work was often in architectural
journals. Les the more creative. Both were top
rate technicians. There was also a lab technician, Charlie
(from the Isles) who now runs J S Marr.
The two of them were responsible for the
formal portraits taken of Principles and Honorary Graduates (Sean
Connery, King Olaf and so on) for Heriot-Watt College for about ten
years long after I had left.
Ronnie and Les
built a solid business till in 1985 when Les suddenly developed
heart failure as a result of a childhood illness, and despite
being rushed by air ambulance to Cambridge he died a week
following a heart transplant.
The partnership was very close, but I
lost touch with Ronnie not long after it ended. I only later
head that he had gone to Brighton University to teach
He is now, in 2005, at the Bournemouth