The Grand Theatre through a lens

On Thursday 22 January excited visual artists took the opportunity to take part in a unique photographic session with Sean Conboy at the 120-year-old Blackpool Grand Theatre.

Sean Conboy is the official photographer for the Grand Theatre and his work has featured in  a number of high profile and international media and magazines.  The session lasted just under five hours and gave the opportunity to photograph the amazing and beautiful interior of the Grand’s Grade II listed interior.

Sean’s career in photography spans over 30 years and includes working for the most prestigious Swedish camera manufacturers, Hasselblad. Sean has won numerous awards for his architectural images and over the last few years he has become involved with both lifestyle and people photography for corporate reports and advertising campaigns.

Known for his use of space and light, Sean is best known for creating majestic images of large-scale interiors, as well as drawing the viewer into more intimate spaces with perfectly crafted composition and lighting.

When asked what he enjoys about photographing the Grand, Sean said:

“The Grand Theatre has one of the finest interiors in the country. The beauty about photographing the Grand Theatre is that there is so much detail- you can always find something new to photograph. What is special about these unique photographic sessions is that people will have the opportunity to choose which part of the Grand they wish to photograph…they may even capture something that has never been photographed before!

“I love capturing detail and external structures. I have been lucky enough to photograph all over the world! My photography career has taken me to the outback of Australia, North Finland, and all over the Middle East. I still really love coming back to the Grand Theatre in Blackpool- it’s such a stunning building. On these photographic tours you can see for yourself what a joy it is to capture the history and beauty of the Grand in a photograph.

Jill Reidy of altBlackpool and Two Old Birds Photography took part in the workshop and here is a taste of the images she produced.

We will have more images from the workshop later this week and an interview with Sean Conboy.

These photographic sessions cost £40 and are available several times throughout the year.  Keep an eye on the Grand Theatre website for more workshops in 2015.


Images by Jill Reidy of Two Old Birds Photography.

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