22nd October - 3rd December 2021

Due to the demolition of the building opposite his studio at the end of 2019, Stewart was inspired by the space becoming flooded by natural daylight. This occurrence temporarily transformed how he was able to work in the space. Using only the natural light and a large format camera shooting on 8x10 film, he started to photograph formally posed portraits of some of the people who had been involved in his work in a number of different ways over the past five decades. At no point does Stewart reveal his relationship to each portrait, it is left to the viewer to make up their own stories. By not revealing who the sitters are, but symbolically flagging their importance by photographing them so formally, Stewart elevates them to a near celebrity status. Creating work in a more traditional way is fast being overlooked, and ultimately lost, in favour of using digital methods. These large format portraits can be considered as a comment on the ubiquity of photography heralded by the rise of social media and the notion of the “universal photographer”.