Dick Scott-Stewart was born in the Cotswold village of Painswick in 1948, the son of a doctor and a nurse. He lived in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, where he was head boy at St Kenelm’s School, Cheltenham, later attending Epsom College in Surrey, where he was in the 1st Cricket Eleven and represented South East England at squash.
After moving to London he studied photography at the London College of Printing and worked as a freelance photographer thereafter. His work was exhibited throughout the world, in tandem with Cartier Bresson in New York. He had a retrospective in Lyon, France, as well as London exhibitions at the Riverside, Battersea Arts Centre, the Royal Festival Hall, the Victoria & Albert Museum (the Boiler House) and the 286 Gallery in Earl’s Court.
He published two books of photographs, including the much-loved Fairground Snaps (1974). His photographs were also regularly published in The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph and The Observer. F22 magazine wrote: ‘[Scott-Stewart’s] particular skill was a natural ability to mix and integrate with any level of society and it gave him access to a wide range of material – whether a city boardroom with a brief to shoot Chancellor Gordon Brown, an oil drilling platform in the middle of a North Sea storm, or an East End boxing gym’.
His last project, after he was diagnosed with cancer, was a series of memorable studies of London’s homeless, first exhibited at Smythe Dorward Lambert in The Strand, 2002. Over his photographic career, Dick Scott-Stewart created some of the most resonant images of contemporary British photography, especially in the black-and white medium to which he was so passionately dedicated. After his death in 2002, his wife organised and catalogued his archive - a permanent testimony to the wide scope and the consistent consciousness of Scott-Stewart’s photographic eye.