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Aakschipper Images

Forget the snorting steam and piston smoke by Aakschipper ImagesForget the snorting steam and piston smoke by Aakschipper Images

Five years ago, on his 60th birthday, Graham Rhodes opened a small gallery exhibiting a selection of his unique photographic art. This gallery is in an unusual location, above the public conveniences, halfway along Scarborough’s West Pier in a grade-two listed building that once housed a company buying and selling fish.

In the last five years, despite the recession, he has sold over one thousand of his framed photographic art images and has attracted the following of a number of art collectors both in the UK and in Europe. Today Graham finds himself being compared to, and labelled as, Scarborough’s answer to the Victorian great, Frank Meadow Sutcliffe. 

“My aim is to create photographic images that create a sense of timelessness through manipulation of colour and tone thus allowing the viewer to choose their own interpretation of the image and its rightful place in time and location.”  


Aakschipper Images is accessed from Scarborough's Foreshore Road and West Pier. It is situated on a balcony up a flight of twenty five steps with a handrail. Inside there are no steps, just a small short corridor leading to one room.

The gallery overlooks West Pier public car park which includes 4 disabled parking spaces, motor bike and bicycle parking.

There is a public toilet, run by Scarborough Borough Council, directly underneath the gallery.

The artist is always in residence and is more than willing to talk about, and explain his work.