Photographs of the Smiths at the Salford Lads Club and Live Shows 1984-87

“Stephen Wright’s original photograph, used for the inside gatefold of The Queen is Dead, clinches the prize for the most famous image of the Smiths”

Will Woodward – The Guardian

If you wish to use any of the photographs please contact to arrange fees. Print, web and film or video uses all incur fees.All photographs copyright Stephen Wright

There are images of The Smiths and various other iconic artists on the PRINT SALES tab above.All photographs are supplied unframed and have a white border for signing (except the 30x40cm card print).










Iconic images of THE SMITHS and other artists including Prince, Miles Davis, James Brown, John Lydon – more follow

Prices start at £60 – There are various sizes and editions on photographic paper.In each case the image is surrounded by white border e.g. the 9×6 inch image is printed on 12×8 inch paper

Worldwide shipping. Signed and editioned by Stephen.

See other links below for some other sizes and options.














NEW …  the  SQUARES!

 signed and editioned by Stephen.

20×20 inch (50x50cm) Edition of 75 – £550

or 12×12 inch (30x30cm) i.e. Vinyl album sleeve size – Edition of 500  – £150 – 

Just 3 images are produced like this.

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Smiths at Salford LAds Club 1985 Strangeways Smiths Salford Manchester 1985







The photograph from the Salford Lads fundraising T-shirt.

OPEN EDITION 10″ x 8″ photographic print £40 signed by Stephen.

Discount vouchers do not apply. Worldwide shipping




30x 40 cm print on 250 gram lustre card £25 –

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Theres a range of new Tshirts Sweatshirts etc of The Smiths New Order Miles Davis and more

at NME MERCH     Lots of colours and choice























Stephen photographed The Smiths live across 1984-87. He photographed them at several concerts which led to the session at the Salford Lads club in November 1985. He photographed them at the Salford Lads for The Queen is Dead album sleeve and later shot the sign for the back sleeve of the Strangeways, Here We Come album – he sells limited edition photographs of the Smiths and other iconic musicians.These photographs of the Smiths and other artists have been used numerous times in magazines, newspapers and books.The album sleeve photograph from the Queen is dead sleeve is the the collections of the National Portrait Gallery London, the Manchester Art Gallery and the Salford Art Gallery.

Over the past thirty years, thousands of fans of the band have made the pilgrimage to the Salford Lads Club to recreate the photo outside the stunning red brick Edwardian building.

In 1985 when we went to the club it was shut…20 years later Stephen visited the Club was allowed in for the first time! He started working with the club with various Charity fund raising events and was made an honour member of the Salford lads club in 2015.

More recently, the image of the band shivering in mid winter outside the hallowed facade of the Salford Lads Club was back in the news for rather happier reasons. Just before Christmas 2015, the club  launched a new promotional T -shirt bearing the famous image which raised some £60,000 in a year. Stephen gave the image from the session to the Lads club to raise funds for a trip for teenagers from the Salford Lads Club to visit Native Indians in South Dakota.

If you wish to use any of the photographs (all uses print web or film/video) are chargeable please contact to arrange fees.

Some links for the curious!

The Independent – Iconic image: The Smiths outside Salford Lads club

The Guardian – Photographer Stephen Wright’s best shot

And of course do go visit the Salford Lads club – there are special visit days see SALFORD LADS CLUB site


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