The Yorkshire Evening Post is publishing a series of special picture spreads this week – chosen by Steve Riding as he looks back on his 45 years at the publication.
The award-winning photographer, who was quite literally a ‘brother in arms’ with a young reporter called Mark Knopfler, who went on to form Dire Straits, is taking a very apt “walk of life” through his memorable picture album.
His portfolio includes the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings to the 1989 Kegworth air disaster, the Yorkshire Ripper murders, cricketer Geoffrey Boycott’s 100th 100, snooker player Paul Hunter’s funeral and the shocking murder of PC Ian Broadhurst.
While many of his peers have already retired, the 62-year-old has no desire to give up the job he adores. “I still love taking pictures and I’m just going to keep on going as long as I can,” he said.
“It’s good fun and I’m very fortunate to have spent all my life photographing and meeting all these people that most people never get the chance to.”
Steve stumbled into the profession after a week of work experience at the YEP’s original Albion Street offices in Leeds. He joined the paper as office junior in 1969, sweeping floors, making tea and crucially, helping to develop photographs.
He began accompanying the photographers on jobs and when a vacancy arose he seized the opportunity, combining his work with studying for his photographic journalism qualifications.
He worked alongside then YEP reporter Knopfler – and later snapped the world-famous Dire Straits guitarist when he performed in Leeds.
His career highlights are sporting occasions – he has met and photographed every Leeds United manager from Don Revie onwards – except Brian Clough, his one regret.
He’s also captured Leeds United in the dressing room at Wembley after winning the Charity Shield in 1992 and his rugby league heroes Leeds Rhinos at Wembley after winning the Challenge Cup this summer.
Football fan Steve, who travels the world to watch England when he’s not snapping Leeds’ own professional and amateur teams, has been bringing joy to players and supporters for three decades with his hugely-popular YEP photographic supplement Goals, formerly known as Back of the Net.
He has collected countless awards, including Yorkshire Sports Photographer of the Year, several times at the Johnston Press title.
Apart from his series of picture spreads, you can go to www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk to watch a video of Steve talking about the highlights of his career.