Globally-renowned photographer back to launch own business

An internationally-acclaimed sports photographer who learned his camera work at Stockport College has come back to the region to launch his own business.

An internationally-acclaimed sports photographer, who learned his camera work at Stockport College, has come back to the region to launch his own business.

As well as snapping global superstars like Wayne Rooney, Roger Federer and Lionel Messi, our former student Alex Livesey has documented Summer and Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, five World Cups, Rugby World Cups, the Tour de France and numerous Grand Slam tennis competitions. He has also won several awards, including the World Press Photo in 2007 and Sports Journalist Association Photographer of the Year Award 2016.

But it was studying BTEC Photography Stockport College from 1988 to 1990 where Alex learned the tricks of the trade in order to become a world-renowned name, with credits in the likes of ESPN Magazine, L’Equipe and Stern as well as British national newspapers; images Alex took at the Olympics have even been used on a set of stamps.

Alex, said: “The technical side of photography that I learned at Stockport College was one of the most important things at the start of my career. You have to know your camera.

“I remember being really impressed with the equipment available to students at Stockport College, like the print machines and the availability of colour. It was very advanced.

“Because we covered such different areas of photography during the course, from studio portraits to real life documentary work, I was able to decide what I wanted to specialise in early on – in sports photography. The careers guidance I got at College, really helped me find my way.”

As well as supporting students with their next steps, Stockport College arranged career-defining moments, such as the opportunity to shoot football matches at Stockport County Football Club, which was where Alex first came to the attention of the press.

“Stockport had got promoted to the division above and the Stockport Express paid to use one of the photos I took of the fans celebrating on the pitch. It was thanks to Stockport College and the guidance of my tutors that I made my first £25 doing what I loved.”

After two years of specialising in documentary photography in Wales, Alex moved to London where he got his break working for Getty Images.

“It was an image of a one-legged skier crashing at the Paralympic Games that put me in the spotlight and seemed to attract everyone’s attention. After that I started to get offered better and better jobs. But one of the photographs that most people might now is of Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick at a match between Man Utd and Man City; that moment is still regarded as one of the best goals in the Premiership.”

Alex lives in Wilmslow with his partner and three children, where he opened his own business, Danehouse Photography, at www.danehousephotography.com.

“Mr job has gone full circle and been such a success that I’ve taken on my own junior photographer!

“My advice to anyone starting out is to learn everything: that’s video, social media, photography, grab any chance you’ve got to try new equipment. You just don’t know how useful the skills you’re going to learn will be.”

Photography is an integral part of Stockport College’s award-winning Creative Art and Media courses as well as a course on its own. To find out more check out the courses section of our website or call our enquiry lines on 0161 296 5000.