Luke Stephenson is a British photographer based in London. The series of show birds is the perfect example of when a sensitivity to the individual beauty and personality of the subject matter turns into an aesthetic obsession. In 2005 he was one of the winners of the Jerwood Photography Award and in 2006 he was selected to participate in the Festival International de Mode et de Photography in Hyeres.
“An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds began with a very simple idea, that I wanted to photograph budgies. I met a great deal of people (mostly men) who were very knowledgeable about their hobby and only too happy to share it with me. Their enthusiasm became infectious so that by simply photographing a species I felt I was adding it to my collection.” – Luke Stephenson.