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Dave Steele was a community activist in Hull in the early 1970s working at the Outsider Community Projects Trust (commonly known as The Outsiders) based around Leonard St.

On leaving he set up Community Screen Printers, Whatever Next Art Workshop in which he had a black and white darkroom.

In January of 1975, concerned about the loss of the built environment he decided to make a photographic record of the surviving parts of the docks, the old town and the dense and largely run-down housing north of Spring Bank.

In 2017 he returned to a few sites and took comparative shots.

Dave Steele’s print career spanned 50 years including craft and commercial screen printing, commercial litho platemaking/process), high st. retail instant print, DTP/postscript and was latterly digital advisor and trainer to print and creative industries.

Dave has recently completed his PhD at Warwick. His research explores the Reputational Power of 19th Century English Reform Crowds.


River Hull, January 1975
Dry dock, Hull January 1975
Barges on River Hull, January 1975
Queens Gardens, January 1975
Princes Quay, January 1975
Princes Quay, January 1975
R W Paul Mill River Hull Wincolmlee Hull, January 1975
River Hull, January 1975
River Hull, January 1975
River Hull Clarence Flour Mill, January 1975
Town Docks, January 1975
View North from George St Bridge River Hull Jan 1975