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Kathy Mansfield

Kathy Mansfield comes from Massachusetts and lives in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. After a career in academic publishing she returned to her interest in classic and traditional boats, writing and photographing for magazines such as WoodenBoat and Cruising World in the U.S., Water Craft and Classic Boat in the U.K, Yachting Classique and Chasse Marée in France.

Her photography has been used for book and magazine covers, in exhibitions and posters and recently as a single malt whisky label. Her extensive classic photo library is available for publications and for limited edition prints on archival paper or canvas.

Beken of Cowes

One of the pioneers of photography and Masters of Marine Photography.

The Beken photo library captures the history of yachting from 1888 to the present day.

Alfred Edward Beken, originally from Canterbury in Kent, moved to the Isle of Wight in 1888 with his son Frank and purchased an existing pharmacy situated in the small port of Cowes, famous for its International Sailing Regatta. The sight of yachts sailing past his bedroom window made such an impression on Frank that he decided to capture these images on film.

After several attempts it was soon obvious that the cameras available at the time were not suited to the rough seas encountered, so Frank designed and had built a new style of camera. Instead of the usual canvas bellows, he used two wooden box-frames. One enclosing a screw-thread focussing system and shutter, with the other frame housing a viewfinder. It was in fact a forerunner to the later twin-lens cameras although his was fired by biting a rubber ball held between the teeth!

It was Frank's bedroom window that also provided the light source for his 'daylight powered enlarger' which enabled him to make saleable prints from his negatives.

Now, Kenneth Beken & Peter Mumford operate from two identical 40 knot Boston Whalers which can be seen in all weathers in the Solent area adding about 50,000 new images to the Archive throughout the year.

Marine Helicopters

Marine Helicopters is a specialist aerial photography company based in the Solent. Focusing on the marine industry we work with magazines, class associations, corporate regattas and individual companies to provide them with high quality aerial images.

Marine Helicopters' photographer is Joe Constable from Lymington. Joe's experience and expertise in working from the helicopter can be seen in the quality and dynamism of our images.Together, our work has been featured extensively in the industry leading magazine, Motor Boats and Yachting. We have also worked with companies such as Moody, Northshore, Hunton and Trader to provide them with spectacular images for their promotional material. Finally our work with class associations and corporate regattas has provided boat owners and regatta participants access to unique images of their boats and events.

Bertrand Duquenne

Based in Brittany, Bertrand Duquenne has followed the classic events of that region, such as the Jolie Plaisance, Bénodet and Voiles Classiques, La Trinité which have attracted metre boats from the UK and France.

Joe McCarthy

Joe McCarthy, based in Lymington, works mainly for commercial clients like Sunseeker, Musto, Navico in the marine sector. He took this set of photographs during a particularly windy weekend at a Lymington Spring 6mR Meeting - one which caused several casualties to boats and equipment. If you would like copies of any of these images, please contact us.

Patricia Lascabannes

After a chaotic beginning in professional life I found my way of expression in marine photography in Cannes at the "Regattes Royales", rediscovering a passion discovered when 12 years old with a Christmas present of a Kodak Instamatic . My "phototherapy" began ...

A track race enters the light, the wind, the veils... These moving conditions and extrèmes of catches of sights, offered a sublime vision to my images. A freedom without border was born by me, widening my sphere of activity throughout the world.

Exposures, publications and editions became supporters of my style. Editions and publications since 1990: G-Nautics editions, Agence Images. Yachting Classique, Le chasse marée, Mer et bateaux, Bateaux, Classic Boat, Wooden boat, Maritime life and traditions, Yacht digest, Yachting Live.

Book publications on which I have collaborated: Yachts Classiques / Guide voiles Gallimart La Passion bleue / CIM Tuiga / Yachting Heritage Ticonderoga / Jack Summer Saint Tropez / Editions du Rouergue

Kos Photos

KOS Award winning photographer specialising in marine/sports photography.

Kos graduated from the London College of Printing in 1980 with an Honours degree in photography, film and television, specialising in sport and went on to specialise in event coverage of international yacht racing.

Her major break came in 1983 when she worked with Peter De Savary's America's cup syndicate where she became well known for her masthead shots of the 12 metres. This led to publicity through newspapers and television, encouraging her to obtain new angles whatever the danger!

From there, she was official photographer for:

  • Simon Le Bon's Whitbread Campaign with ‘Drum ’1984
  • the British America’s Cup ‘White Crusader’ Campaign 1986/87 Perth, Western Australia. Whilst there, she shot the Formula 1 motor racing Grand Prix for ‘Sportsweek’ which resulted in becoming the official photographer for the McLaren Formula 1 Team 1988.
  • the J & B White Water Rafting Championships for over four years
  • the European Horseball Championships, where she shot from on horseback
  • both of Dennis Conner’s Whitbread Campaigns Winston, and Toshiba 1993/94 and 1996/97. This involved the close study of the everyday life of the campaigns, working with the PR company to produce news worthy images to capture the imagination of the Worlds press and to try and give them an insight into the human endeavours of the people involved in this gruelling event.
Other interesting assignments have included:

  • joining a white water rafting expedition in India, to help promote their adventure sports
  • covered an expedition of the first commercial descent of the Bagaratti, (a tributary of the Ganges)
  • photographing King Hussian's powerboat race in Jordan 1990. He was to take part in the race, but later his officials decided it would be too dangerous for him. So he let his two Prince sons race, whilst he flew stunts in his Lynx helicopter over the course - which surely was just as dangerous!?!
  • exclusive photographer to the Duchess of York’s private visit to sail on board the yacht ‘Maiden’ (the yacht with an all female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race). It was very special as no other press were allowed to sail on the yacht which made it an unusually relaxed occasion with a Royal.
  • an assignment for the Sunday Telegraph magazine to shoot the Royal Wedding of Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York
  • Fashion shoots - marine and country clothing for such clients as Henri Lloyd, Douglas Gill, Remploy and Musto
  • a travel feature in Australia for the Sunday Express and Hello magazine with model Jilly Johnson
  • photographing the first female Tornado and Sea King helicopter pilots for the Central Office of Information
  • photographing a UN observer in action in Sarajevo, Bosnia. This trip was to be a haunting experience working in a war zone, where more media have been killed than in any other war
  • shooting a calendar of naked sailors for the RYA to raise money for the Olympic sailing team - coordinating the whole project from researching locations, organising designers, stylists, makeup artists and coordinating the sailors who were travelling 24/7. The artistic black & white images were designed to show their athletic structure with an Athenian theme. Being a first, it stirred the Yachting arena as well as the national press and CNN featured the shoot in their Mainsail programme
Kos has been the subject of considerable media attention herself and well known publications such as She, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Women's Journal, The Radio Times, The Independent and the Telegraph and Times newspapers have carried special features on her work and lifestyle. She has been widely published in many newspapers and magazines and just about all the Yachting magazines world-wide.

Her television work has also gained attention, especially after she presented the hour long documentary "In Search Of The Real Crocodile Dundee" for BBC2. She presented a couple of items in BBC 2's Photo Show programme, demonstrating unusual photographic techniques of motor rallying, and how to take better travel pictures.

Other television appearances have included:

  • being a guest on Ridge Riders where she had to ride a motor bike along the green roads of England, this was exciting as she last rode a motor bike when she was 16
  • presenting an item in BBC1’s live coverage of the Festival of the Sea in Bristol working with Jill Dando and Sandi Toksvig.
  • presenting 6 Sailing programmes for Meriden, Anglia, and TV South West.
  • an appearance on the Big Breakfast with Johnny Vaughan talking about her coverage of the Whitbread Race in the section 'To the Max'
  • featured in a show about her work following her around the globe as part of a series on the Artist for 'The Frame', ITV, Meriden.
From her experience of photographing on the water, Kos has developed a number of elements to help obtain the best pictures of the events she covers building an invaluable team to help achieve the results she needs. Working with a specific helicopter pilot and photoboat driver she has been able to programme them into the photographic angles she is looking to get for those unusual evocative images.

She purchased a unique Powerboat specifically designed for filming on the water (Surfrider Interceptor) - a boat that is so distinctive that Fuji sponsored it and have benefited from extensive coverage on television and in powerboat magazines. The boat was later used in the making of the 19th James Bond film were it was used in the high speed chase along the Thames in the opening sequence.

Kos’ client list is extensive and includes many notable names such as Rolex, Player Gold Leaf, Benson & Hedges, White Horse Whisky, Nautor Swan, Rolls Royce USA, Oyster Yachts, BMW, Henri Lloyd, Musto, Gill, Bols Sport & Leisure, the RAF, J&B, Fairline, Yamaha, Trinity House and Oracle Software.

Steven Dews (Prints)

More Steven Dews prints can be found here, including the 'big boats' and early America's Cup matches.

Described by Sotheby’s of London as "the best, there’s nobody else to touch him" and by The Mail on Sunday in January 1999 as "established as Britain’s top living marine artist", Steven Dews is a man at the peak of his profession.

Born in Yorkshire in 1949, Steven Dews’s meteoric rise to success from distinctly unpromising beginnings should be an inspiration to all young artists; he failed his Art “A” Level and then walked out of a Fine Arts Degree course after only a few weeks because of his disillusionment with the teaching methods, yet his work has now placed him at the pinnacle of the marine art world.

Steven Dews’s love affair with art and the sea began at the age of 5, when he had a picture of a ship displayed on the wall at St John’s Infant School. He inherited his passion for ships and the sea from his grandfather, who was an Assistant Harbour Master in Hull.

Steven Dews built up an astonishing portfolio for his first exhibition in 1976 and, on the exhibition’s first night, virtually his entire collection was sold. The following year he held an exhibition in San Francisco which also sold out to great critical acclaim and, since then, Steven Dews has continued exhibiting regularly at leading galleries in London and throughout the world. He is now commissioned for several years in advance.

Confirmation of his pre-eminence came in the Sotheby’s sale of Maritime Art in London on April 28th 1999, where his original, entitled Off Cowes, sold for the phenomenal price of £89,500 ($165,000). This result followed on quickly from the sale at auction in 1998 of the Steven Dews painting An Opportune Breeze from the South East for £52,800.

Steven Dews’s spectacular canvas, The Battle of Trafalgar, reached a new world record price for the artist when it was auctioned in Bond Street, London, in the summer of 2005. The eventual buyer paid over £95,000 for this painting (approximately US$170,000), which was the highlight of a day-long sale to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Nelson’s great victory at Trafalgar. The original painting is one of the largest the artist has ever created, with dimensions of 40" x 66"; the painting took seven years from commission to final completion. It has also been published by Rosenstiel’s as a limited edition print in seven formats across both paper and canvas.

In December 2006, his record price was broken again when the painting Westward Reaching Through Cowes Roads sold at Sotheby’s in London for £120,000, double its pre-sale estimate.

Almost fifty Steven Dews limited editions have now been published, most of which have long been ‘sold out’, and his work is avidly collected around the world. Above all, Steven Dews lives and loves the subject he paints.

Note on Pricing

Not all images have been priced by the photographer. The price will depend on the size of the print required and may be a non-standard size, depending on how the photographer wishes to crop the image - enter in the space provided for delivery instructions the approximate size you require. In these instances, if you are interested in a picture - place an order in the usual way and delivery charges only will be added in order to validate your credit/charge card (your card will NOT be charged at this stage). We will contact the photographer to obtain details and contact you to see if you wish to proceed with the order.

Please note that prints and photographs have a handling charge due to their special packaging requirements. This varies by photographer and will be added at checkout.

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