Approved: 16.08.2006

Stuart Haden

Artist, Project manager, Researcher, Teacher, Writer

Approved: 16.08.2006


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      Artist Statement


      What you see depends on your visual imagination, intelligence and appetite. I observe all subjects and search for innovative ways of expressing these. How those subjects look within the frame interests me. I always compose at the time of photographing and if it succeeds as an image I print the whole frame. I am interested in how "what I photograph" is transformed by being photographed. I am interested in how the other elements within the frame change "what I photograph". I am interested in how the camera can transform "what I photograph" by placing it in the frame and excluding or including other things. I am interested in how the subject relates other elements in the frame.. I am interested in what the camera and film describes of "what I photograph". I am looking for surprising elements that are not normally seen by the looking. I examine each frame on the contact sheet to discover if the image has transformed "what I thought I had photographed" to reveal a new reality or undiscovered relationship.

      I believe in the principles of Aesthetic Realism, stated by Eli Siegel which are: 

      1. The deepest desire of every person is to like the world on an honest or accurate basis. 

      2. The greatest danger for a person is to have contempt for the world and what is in it. Contempt can be defined as the lessening of what is different from oneself as a means of self-increase as one sees it. 

      3. All beauty is the creation of a compatible integrated composition and the  resolution of the opposites, There has to be a successful resolution of the form and content

      I am interested in the form, light, composition, texture, tone, space and the context of "what I photograph". I only use available light and do not enhance the subject by any use of additional artificial light. I make many mistakes and sometimes discover revealing and surprising relationships. Some of my most successful photographs are made when I am in a state of meditation and in those moments of intuition I sometimes capture something especially extraordinary in my mind's eye. 

      I am interested in photographing buildings, streets, landscapes, trees, people, events and transport all of which are in the public domain. I only want natural, unposed, candid subjects. I am always interested in how people interact with the environment. That for me is social documentary photography.

      I want to make beautiful photographs which are balanced, surprising, simple, tense, witty and more meaningful and mysterious than the collection of facts within the frame that the camera and film describe so well. I am interested in discovering a frame which shows me something new about "what I photograph" because of its relationship within the frame with all the other elements. When I see that I print the photograph. The test of a successful photograph, for me, is whether the image contains sufficient information (no more or less) in a composition that is resolved successfully and is innovative not derivative. It is essential that it communicates emotionally and intellectually to an audience that is detached from thy experience of the event or process. It must hold ones attention for many viewings over time and contains an inexplicable mystery or phenomenon that is always a lie and paradoxically one interpretation of the truth of two dimensions in the third dimension of time. 


      Photographers: Eugene Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Vik Muniz, Sebastian Salgado, Alvarez Bravo, Brassai, William Eggleston, Brassai, Paul Strand, Joseph Koudelka

      Artists: Elise Ansel, Enrico Baj, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kurt Schwitters, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger, Tom Friedman, Mimmo Rotella, Marcel Duchamp, Francis Bacon, Frank Stella, Donald Evans. indigenous, Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt, Velasquez, Pisarro, Braque, van Gogh, nature

      Architects: Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Charles Rennie Macintosh, Bertold Lubetkin, Luis Barragan, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, John Pawson, David Chipperfield, vernacular, nature

      Philosophers: Simone Weil, Frederick Neitze, Echart Tolle

      Psychologists: Carl Jung, Carl Rogers.

      Economist: E.F.Schumacher.

      Writers: Eckhart Tolle, Simone Weil, George Orwell, Isabel Allende, Alan Bennett, Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Sten Odenwald, Bob Zimmerman, Charles Bukowski, Dylan Thomas, Naom Chomsky, Stephen Greer, Lewis Mumford, Frank Lloyd Wright, Jaques Prevert, Alisdair Gray, Buckminster Fuller, James Lovelock, Mahatma Gandhi, John Donne, 

      Scientists: Stephen Berry, Naom Chomsky, James Lovelock.

      Peace activists: Danilo Dolci, Gandhi,Eckhart Tolle

      Composers: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, Eric Satie, George Anthiel, Claude Debussey, Sergei Rachmaninov, Edward Elgar, Ludwig van Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky

      Comedians: The Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin, Peter Cook, Ronnie Barker, George Carling, Stewart Lee, Laurel & Hardy, Tommy Cooper, Spike Milligan

      Career and life path:

      1942: born in Aberdeen, Scotland

      1944: Montessori School, Aberdeen

      1945: Bristol

      1947: Leamington Spa

      1948 to 1949: Africa

      1950 1953: St. Christopher's Preparatory School

      1953 to 1960: John Lyon School

      1960: Willesden Technical College

      1961 to 1964: Hammersmith Collage of Art and Building.

      1964: Architectural Association School of Architecture, passed R.I.B.A. part one Intermediate exam

      1966: first mental breakdown, undiagnosed depression.

      1967: married first wife.

      1970: passed R.I.B.A. part two Final examination, invented the Rat Race board game which I sold to BPC, bought garden flat in Hampstead, founded a commune in Scotland.

      1972 to 1976: First Year Master Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow University & Art School

      1974: divorced first wife.

      1978: taught at the School of Architecture, the University of Texas at Austin.

      1979: studied photography in Garry Winogrand's course School of Art, University of Texas at Austin

      1980: returned to London

      1981: project manager for the Architect's Design Group in Anguilla.

      1982 to 1984: taught at the Inchbald School of Design as first year course director.

      1984: worked in numerous architect's practices.

      1987: married second wife.

      1988: first son born.

      1990: went to live in Colombia for eighteen months, first daughter born

      1992: returned to England, 

      2005: received first Arts Council Grant documenting people & environment in Broxbourne.

      2008: ceased photographing

      2009: diagnosed with bladder cancer.

      2010: moved to London.

      2011: rented flat and studio, commissioned as self employed Architectural Consultant, made collages and assemblages from waste material found on the streets, reads and researches the news behind the news about wars, free energy, extraterrestrials, unidentified flying objects and crop circles and the 911 terrorist attack in NYC and Washington DC., receives Jungian and Cognitive Behaviourial therapy and medication for life long depression,

      2013: diagonosed wih tongue cancer, receives chemotherapy and radiotherapy, starts photographing on a daily basis again and writing semi autobiographical account, interviewed by Phil Coomes, the BBC Picture Editor and the "quiet author" of Spitalfields Life, diagonosed with Mylodysplastic Syndrome. Meditates and is vegan with alkaline diet. Does not eat bread, cakes or biscuits. Continues to make colour and black & white photographs, collages and designs. Loves jazz & dancing, comedy & social intercourse.

      2018: in circulation at John Lyon School, Harrow on the Hill, The Architectural Association School of Architecture, Cable Cafe, Brixton, The Washington, Hamstead and on the tube, the bus and on foot in and around London visiting Pinner, Liverpool Street, Warren Street, Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street, Edgeware, Finchley Road, Baker Street, Notting Hill Gate, Kensinton High Street, Oval, Elephant & Castle, Waterloo, Victoria, Mile End, Whitechapel, Barking, Harrow on the Hill, Wembley Park, Stanmore, Hatch End, Colindale, Hampstead, Chalk Farm, Belsize Park, Epping, Theydon Bois, Charing Cross, Kings Cross, Hammersmith, Sloane Square, Piccadilly Circus, Green Park, South Kensington, Burnt Oak, Covent Garden, Neasden, Amersham, Chorley Wood, Bermondsey, Camden Town , Kentish Town, Euston, Great Portland Street, St. Jon's Wood, Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch and many more. Work in progress is the creation of my own website, working with tiny digital colour mobile 'phone camers, tutoring, travelling, exploring, researching, writing, collage making, collecting, investigating, entertaing, socialising, dancing, reading, documenting architecture in black & white film photographs and learnig. I will never retire. I am at my happiest now.


      My profile image was made by Paul Simpson who is an architect and graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.

      CV & Education

      Designed building in Milton Keynes. Acquired Manager, Marketing and Branding Agent, Accountant, Lawyer, Advisor, Mentor, Confidant, Minder, Therapist, Bodyguard and website Designer in 2018. Exhibited three black and white photographs of Camden, Oxford Street and Spitalfields in alumni visual art exhibition 2017 at John Lyon School, Middle Road, Harrow on the Hill, completed 2017 photographic documentation of interior and exterior of a £25 million house in St. John's Wood for old architectural practice Osel Architects, Marylebone, London. Began photographic documentary of Bristol on first visit of a series during 2017 to record the life, environment, people and buildings. Spitalfields, London, 1984 photograph exhibited at the Open Open 29 July - 8 September, 2017 at Swiss Cottage Gallery, London NW3 Public realm 2013 - London photographs, Bar, first floor, Architectural Association , 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES 2008 - BBC Radio Three: Focus on China, The Verb, BBC Radio Three, 9.45 p.m., London 2008 - Hitchin Festival Art Trail 2008, Tim's Art Supplies, 85 Tilehouse Street, Hitchin Solo exhibitions 2013 - London photographs, Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES 2007 - Stuart Haden Photographs, Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle Street, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 3DD 2006 - Summer Journey 2005 Thirty photographs, The Lowewood Museum 8th. April - 22nd. July, 2006, High Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8BH 2005 - County Town in Camera, Hertford Museum, Bull Plain, Hertford 2005 - Photographs, Michaelhouse, Trinity Street, Cambridge 2005 - Photographs, Newton Price Centre, Watford 2004 - Retrospecctive The first 10 years, Boxfield Gallery, Stevenage, Hertfordshire 1996 - Stuart Haden, Lara-Rae Gallery, London 1983 - Stuart Haden, Photographer's Gallery, London 1981 - Stuart Haden, Centre for the Contemporary Arts, Glasgow Group exhibitions 2009 - Nearly Orange Artists Collective, Letchworth Art Gallery, Letchworth Garden City 2008 - Contributor to permanent group show at a local gallery, nearly orange art gallery, 71 Ickleford Road, Hitchin SG5 1TL, Hitchin 2007 - nearly orange collective, Boxfield Gallery, Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage 2006 - February Postcard Show "Wish you were here" five 4"x6" photos, Artshed Ware Ltd, Westmill Farm, Westmill Road, Ware, Herts. AL6 OJQ 2004 - University of Hertfordshire Annual Open Exhibition, Margaret Harvey Gallery, St.Albans 1984 - Camden Society of Architects Photo Competition, London 1983 - GLC Photo, Royal Festival Hall, London 1981 - B&W Garnethill Project, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, sponsored by and for the Manpower Services Commission 1980 - B&W Garnethill Project, Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow, sponsored by and for the Manpower Services Commission 1979 - 12th National Competition, Centre of Visual US Arts, Houston, Texas Private commissions 2012 - Three poems about Laurieston, Memories & recollections after forty years, Laurieston Hall Scrapbook by Tiffany Eve 2007 - The private lives of Hertfordshire writers., published by Tempus Publishing Limited, by Pamela Shields ISBN 978 07524 4372 0 2005 - Hertfordshire A-Z by Pamela Shields ISBN 0-7509-4250-9, 57 photographs contributed Projects 2012 - Significant architectural places in Southwark , work in progress , London Borough of Southwark 2009 - Competition to design a park bench to encourage democratic public debate, Chumleigh Gardens, Burgess Park, Southwark, London SE5, Adjacent to cafe at Chumleigh Gardens Other 2013 - Interviewed by Phil Coomes, BBC Picture Editor, BBC, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1 2013 - Interviewed by the "quiet author" of Spitalfields Life, Bishopsgate Institute, , 260 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4OH 2011 - Acquired own studio, The Art Academy, Southwark Street, London SE1 2009 - Art Auction, Headland Hotel/ Spectrum charity for autistic children, Newquay, Cornwall 2007 - Savor the Night Lupus International Charity Auction, Summit House Restaurant, 2000 East Bastanchury Road, Fullerton, California, U.S.A.