modern jazz pianist
Although Sefton qualified as a textile technologist, his love of photography lead him to become a freelance photographer for various national and local companies. For 8 years he was the main photographer in the North West for BBC Television. At this time he also set up his own Photo Library specialising in all aspects connected with the North West as well as a comprehensive range of general subjects.
His one man show of 120 jazz pictures was seen at the Barbican Centre and he has contributed to several exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery where his photographs of George Best and L. S. Lowry have been reproduced as postcards. He had three photographs of the artist L.S.Lowry in his one-man exhibition at the Royal Academy. In addition, BBC TV has featured his exhibition of famous classical and jazz musicians as part of the Olympic Arts Festival at the Royal Northern College of Music.
His work has been shown at top venues and he has competed to have work shown in major photographic exhibitions in the UK and worldwide. These have included work in the Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition in 2002 and 3 images in the 2003 slide exhibition. Sefton was also part of the M.I.L.K. Exhibition in New York, London, Europe, Australia & New Zealand, where he was one of only fifteen UK-based photographers to be selected from 17000 photographers from 164 countries and over 40000 images.
He was recently featured in the VJ News (The newsletter of the RPS Visual Journalism Group) with a cover and two inside pages, following the same space in the previous edition occupied by an article on Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Sefton's photos have received acclaim from some of the most important people in the world of photography and associated arts, viz:
- Leading art critic, Marina Vaizey, formerly of the Sunday
Times and Financial Times, author of 5 books including 'The Artist as a Photographer':
".... (thanks for) the opportunity to see your really marvellous imagery, sometimes of things/people I have seen, eg. Lowry, but which amplify one's view... I just wanted to send you a line of genuine appreciation and hope many more get to share your vision."
- Professor Mark Howarth-Booth, then Curator of Photography
at the V&A, (commenting upon the photos selected for their National Collection of the
Art of Photography, which is in fact an International collection):
"Many thanks for letting us acquire these wonderful photographs ...it makes a wonderful set."
- Phil Coomes, Editor of the Visual Journalism News magazine
of the Royal Photographic Society:
"Great pictures that deserve to be seen."
- Felicity Goodey, Chairman of the Lowry Centre Trust, commenting
on Sefton's photos of the artist L.S. Lowry, including unique colour photos, as well as
black and white pictures:
"Stunning collection," .
- Mike Hall, Co-ordinator for Jazz Studies at the Royal Northern
College of Music, commentating on Sefton's Jazz photos:
"They are absolutely marvellous! They must rank along with some of the classic shots from the jazz history books! "
Neill Dallas Brown, painter
Collections of his work can be found at the Victoria & Albert Museum who hold 10 photographs for their National Collection of the Art of Photography, and the National Portrait Gallery, who have 68 of his photographs of famous British people.
His work has appeared in numerous publications including the British Journal of Photography Magazine and Annual, the Photography Year Book, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent and The Times newspapers. Twelve of his photographs were published in a book on Manchester City, “Farewell to Maine Road” and 58 pictures are in a new book on Belle Vue, whose author acknowledged that his 'amazing photographs inspired us to write this book.'
Sefton was one of the chief instigators in the installation of a Blue Plaque for George Rodger, one of the founders of 'Magnum'. He is on the distinctions panel of the Royal Photographic Society for Documentary and Visual Journalism submissions.