Alex Livesey

Part one: Life Behind The Lens with Alex Livesey

by Chloe McLaughlin

Alex Livesey is one of the most celebrated sports photographers in the country. The Bury-born photographer has been snapping at sports events all over the world for over 25 years and has covered prestigious events such as the World Cup, the Olympics and the Tour De France. He’s won awards, travelled the world and had his images featured in some of the world’s most popular newspapers but how did a lad who grew up in Stockport end up taking photographs of some of the world’s most famous sportspeople?

“I had an amazing art teacher as school who introduced me to it – we didn’t have photography on the curriculum at the time but he was a photographer and he set it up off his own back and said that if anyone wanted to learn photography that he would bring his cameras in.” Alex, 46, smiles, “He got us going and got a little bit of money to open a little dark room in the class room where he taught us to process film and make prints. I used to take one of his cameras home at weekend and he’d set us a little project, it wasn’t an exam or anything just something extra to do.”