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Steph spent her child­hood mov­ing from Sin­ga­pore to the Caribbean be­fore she even­tu­ally landed in the UK. Now, the pho­tog­ra­pher lives alone in Brix­ton, but has plenty of com­pany: ‘I have 3O ca­naries, a blue par­rot, and Ham, my minia­ture Pomera­nian.’ She got into pho­tog­ra­phy by tak­ing pic­tures to use as ref­er­ence for her paint­ings, and now shoots Ad­woa Aboah and cool-girl mu­si­cians Kelela and M.I.A. Fem­i­nism and the im­por­tance of the fe­male gaze is cen­tral to her work: ‘Most im­agery is shot by men. We see the world through a male gaze; it’s im­per­a­tive that we have a bal­ance of male and fe­male pho­tog­ra­phers to por­tray how we view the world.’ Her au­tumn high­light? ‘My dog’s stun­ning win­ter coat.’

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