Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy sets out how Steve Thornton Fine Art uses and processes data from our visitors and customers.

The Steve Thornton Fine Art is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Steve Thornton Fine Art may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page whenever visiting the website to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

This policy is effective from 10th April 2021.

As an organisation we have endeavored to streamline our processes and handling of our visitors and customers’ data in order to hold ourselves accountable to this privacy policy.

If you have any questions or queries about this policy please use the contact information at the bottom of this policy.

What Kind of Information Do We Collect and Process? When browsing our website

We collect data using Google Analytics that tracks our visitor’s behavior on our website which provides insight into ways we can improve the usability of the website. This information is also used for internal reporting purposes. Google Analytics uses cookies to track this information but Google Analytics is anonymised in accordance with GDPR.

Mailing List
In order to sign-up for our mailing list, you only need to provide your email address. Using this you can update your subscription preferences at any time or unsubscribe altogether. The option to do this is linked to every email you receive from us.

Buying a Product Online
When buying a product online you will be required to provide your name, email address, delivery, and billing address in order to fulfill your order.

What do we use your personal data for?
We use your personal data, including any of the personal data listed above, for the following purposes:
We primarily use email as our main communication method. We offer the ability to tailor what we email you by updating your preferences. As standard, we send a regular newsletter which generally features information on new Fine Art Prints, Assignments, etc. The content and layout of our emails are subject to change and you are welcome to update your preferences or unsubscribe altogether as and when you wish. We don’t share your information with any third parties.

How we collect your data
We collect different information about you in a number of ways:

Information you give us
When you buy artworks, sign up for our newsletter, give us feedback, we will store the personal information you give to us such as your name, email address, postal address, telephone number. We will also keep a record of your purchases.

Automated technologies or interactions
As you interact with our website, we may automatically collect Technical Data about your equipment, browsing actions, and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies and other similar technologies.

Information from third parties
We occasionally receive information about you from third parties as set out below:
Analytics providers such as Google
Advertising networks such as Facebook
Search information providers such as Google AdWords
What are the legal grounds for our processing of your personal information?
Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you (i.e. purchasing artworks)
Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.
Where we have your explicit consent before using your personal information in that specific situation.

Disclosure of your details to third parties
There are no circumstances under which we may disclose your personal information to third parties.

How and when can you withdraw your consent?
Where we’re relying upon your consent to process personal data, you can withdraw this at any time by contacting us using the details below.

For how long is your personal information retained by us?
Depending on the level of information we hold on you and the purposes of holding that information will determine how long we retain data for. We use automated processes that will anonymise data if you should be classed as “inactive” for a certain number of months. This means that if you don’t order or open an email we will remove your personal information from our system. This means that while the recorded statistics about our mailing and marketing are kept the personal information that could be associated with them won’t be.

What are your rights under data protection laws?
Here is a list of the rights that all individuals have under data protection laws. They don’t apply in all circumstances. If you wish to use any of them, we’ll explain at that time if they are engaged or not.

The right to be informed about the processing of your personal information
The right to have your personal information corrected if it is inaccurate and to have incomplete personal information completed
The right to object to the processing of your personal information
The right to restrict the processing of your personal information
The right to have your personal information erased (the “right to be forgotten”)
The right to request access to your personal information and to obtain information about how we process it
The right to move, copy or transfer your personal information (“data portability”)
You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office which enforces data protection laws:

Your right to object
You have the right to object to certain purposes for processing, in particular to data processed for direct marketing purposes and to data processed for certain reasons based on our legitimate interests. You can contact us using the information below to exercise these rights.

No fee is usually required
You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal information (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive, or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.

What we may need from you
We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.

Time limit to respond
We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic, and other procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

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Managing cookies
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Removing or disabling cookies
You may choose to remove or block cookies at any time by adjusting your browser settings, but in some cases, this may impact your experience of our website.

Contacting Us
You may contact us by email or phone in matters relating to any of the above using the following details:


Steve Thornton Fine Art
A&C House, Nr Louth, Lincolnshire. LN11 7PR.

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FISH TOWN - The story so far... By Steve Thornton

The FISH TOWN project was only a year-long documentation of a fishing industry about to enter the new European Union (EU) regulations in 1990, which would, and did change the social and economic future of a historic fishing town called Grimsby on the East coast of England. The project ended up spanning 30 years!

The fish docks, where all the fish landing, auctions, filleting, and global distribution was in a relatively small area called ‘The Kazbah’. (Where did that name come from?). A village if you like, on private land owned by British Associated Ports (ABP). Drivers needed no license, no MoTs, jobs were on a family basis or an interview was as simple as; ‘let’s see how fast you can fillet Boy’. Health and safety rules were still in a victorian era and everyone knew everybody either by a nickname or some other namely wording. The ‘Kazbah’ pub opened at 6 am and the smoke-filled café’s bustled with all-day breakfasts, steaming tea earns, and banter that should have been scripted for ‘Live at The Apollo’. (A famous London comedy theatre).

I became aware of these new EU rules in 1988/9 and decided to document the life of Grimsby fishing town. Armed with ABP accreditation, 2 Nikon F3’s, 60 rolls of film kindly donated by Kodak, I ventured into another world. Shooting the very first frames everyone freaked out. Most hid behind fish boxes and others simply ran off. It took a whole week before word got out that I was not DHSS. Once accepted I became a member with nicknames like; smudge box, snapper, and twat with the lens.

For 3 or 4 days a week, every week for a year, I’d be there from 6ish to lunchtime when the last filleting was done.  Often getting a ‘heads up’ if there was a spectacular landing or something unusual happening the next day. I’d go back to the studio after an all-day breakfast in one of the café’s, and develop the films, print contact sheets and file them. Marking out initial images I liked. Ilford later donated about 40 rolls of film and a large batch of Ilford Gallerie printing paper.

When the day eventually came for everyone to have to operate under the new EU rules, the fish docks died. The heart and soul of a fishing community disappeared. Never to return.  In 1990 I put together an exhibition of the images in Grimsby Town Hall. Out of nearly 100 rolls of film, I selected and printed 120 exhibition prints onto Ilford Gallery fiber-based paper. I held a VIP and press evening to ‘spread the word’ (the internet and social media weren’t invented) and finally opened to the public for a 4-day show. By the 3rd day, it was sold out.

What happened next! Well, I went back to shooting commercial work for 30 years. Disappeared from the limelight! ‘Never shooting anything personal again’. How boring! However, mouths and mortgage to feed and all that…

ZOOM forward 30 years to 2020 and BREXIT.
What a perfect opportunity to revive FISH TOWN …

Fortunately, I did archive all the black and white negatives and created a filing system, so looking back through the contact sheets stirred my imagination to resume the project. I did a few visits to the ‘Kasbah’ and it was absolutely as it was 30 years ago. Only deserted and decaying. Everywhere was fenced off due to dangerous structural damage. Although a new and very efficient fish market was built. No businesses were trading nearby. All had left the docks forever or to new premises on sterile business parks or to a new heroic seafood village modeled on the old pontoons.

After a few phone calls to ‘get the bigger picture and armed again with my cameras. Nikon D5’s this time. I documented up to 10 seafood processing companies, photographing the workers and facilities. A far cry from the 1990 images. It’s now a seafood laboratory. Robotic, high-tech, digital production and distribution operation. I photographed the ‘Kasbah’s’ empty premises, closed café’s, ghostly streets and found a smokehouse still operating in the same traditional way. Apparently, smokehouses didn’t have to change at all!

Over 6 months, I captured the new way the FISH TOWN worked and am sponsored by Epson Printers, using the latest printers, scanners, pigment inks, and fine art papers. X-Rite sponsors me with the latest i3 Pro Plus calibration tools and I’m supported by Nikon Professional. These sponsors helped me produce this whole collection of FISH TOWN images, as an important cultural, social, and economic documentation, covering 30 years of change to a fishing town’s community, way of life, and economic structure. Without them, I doubt I’d be writing this…

This is a unique collection of images that are now displayed here for the first time. These unpublished images have been digitally remastered using today’s technology. The FISH TOWN collection of images documents the fortunes of Grimsby over 30 years. It records the working life of filleters and dock workers, the ice house at work, buying and selling, early morning auctions, and more. The capture of these unique moments in time is made even more impactful by the use of monochrome to convey industrial starkness and an emotive, raw honesty.

The inaugural exhibition displaying the complete collection is to be shown in Grimsby next May 2022 for the local populous and a new book is to be published to coincide with the exhibition. Hopefully, thereafter the exhibition will go on tour to other galleries and fishing ports in the UK.

Steve Thornton.

Fine Art Print; Signature & Studio Print Series Specifications;

Unless otherwise stated on the print page, these are the print specifications;

Signature Series Print size
16.5″x 11.5″ / 420mm x 297mm. Signature Series Image size – Approx. 12″ x 8″ / 310mm x 210mm. Varies per image format (± 1″ √ 3cm).
Studio Series Print Size
8.3″ x 11.7″ / 210mm x 297mm Studio Series Image Size – Approx. 9″ x 5.5″ / 230mm x 140mm. Varies per image format (± ½″ √ 2cm).

Printing Specifications for Signature & Studio Series Fine Art Prints;
Print Stock – Epson Signature series pigment print. Fine art traditional archival stock 325g √m2.
Print Stock Manufacturer – Epson Ltd
Permanence Rating – 315+ years.
Ink – Epson Archival x10 Ultra Chrome Pigment
Printer – Epson A2+ P900
Colour Calibration; monitors and printers – X-rite iPro 3  plus calibrator

Signature Series Fine-Art Print Finishing;
Hand-signed front & verso of print – Yes.
Embossed authenticity stamped on prints white area – Yes.
Hand-signed & embossed certificate of authenticity – Yes.
Mounted – No.
Framed – No.
Presentation- For more information & images please click here
Framing & mounting note: Signature fine art prints are not mounted or framed as framing and mounting styles are subjective to one’s own environment.

Studio Series Fine-Art Print Finishing;
Hand-signed front & verso of print – No.
Embossed authenticity on print – No.
Embossed certificate of authenticity – Yes.
Mounted – No.
Framed – No.
Presentation – For more information & images please click here
Framing & mounting note: Studio fine art prints are not mounted or framed as framing and mounting styles are subjective to one’s own environment.

Limited Edition Fine Art Prints;
Platinum Palladium prints. Limited editions of only 10 hand-made signed and stamped prints. Published late 2022.

Shipping, Presentation, Pricing, and Delivery;
Shipping costs – As stated during checkout.
Presentation & packaging – For more information & images please click here
Pricing – As listed in menu & checkout pages.
Delivery – By courier within 14 days of ordering.  Please note: All fine art print orders are handmade.


fish town. 1990 to 2020. the eu years
digitally REMastered images never published before !

This unique collection of images are now published here for the first time and will be exhibited at a special inaugural venue in Grimsby where the FISH TOWN image collection was produced. Before the whole collection goes on a UK gallery tour.

The FISH town image collection consists of;

The 1990 image collection are the very last photographs documenting Grimsby Fish Docks in all their glory. Prior to new European legislation coming into force

The 2020 image collection documents the new fish and processing industry as we leave the European Union.

Compared to 30 years ago. It’s like a mephitic shanty town to a seafood science lab.

Steve Thornton. November/2020.

2020 sponsored and supported by;
Epson; Large format printers, high resolution negative scanner, fine art paper stock, Ultrachrome archival pigment inks.
X-Rite Pantone; i1 Pro 3 Plus, monitor, print and scanner calibration equipment.
Nikon Professional, Specialist lenses.


This beautifully printed softbound large format book will include all the FISH TOWN collection of images.

Over 280 pages and printed on 170gsm soft gloss finished pages and 400gsm soft touch matt finish cover.

These books will be available as a limited edition print run of only 500 copies. Purchase books at the exhibition or on this website.

FISH TOWN Fine Art Prints. Now on sale

These stunning Giclée museum grade archival fine art prints are available in a choice of 2 size options.

The Signature series (A3+) and the  Studio series (A4). These are printed using the latest 10 colour Epson printers employing the latest 10 colour Ultra-Chrome archival colour ink sets. 

Both series are printed on Epson archival museum grade 325gsm stock with a soft gloss finish. The Signature Series are hand signed and embossed onto A3+ stock and the unsigned Studio series are printed onto the same stock but at a smaller A4 size. Both series are stamped on versa.

The Limited Edition Series are to be produced in 2022 as Platinum-Palladium archival prints. Only 10 prints of each are to be made.

More information is available on the prints page. Click on an image from the gallery for a full description and prices.

FISH TOWN Fine Art Prints are beautifully presented in black archival boxes with a certificate of authenticity...

Steve Thornton is a professional photographer whom over the last 30 plus years has worked worldwide on photographic projects and magazine assignments.

The most diverse 4 square miles in Great Britain

Nowhere in Great Britain does such a natural diversity occur within such a small area.
Nested on England’s panoramic east coast, Donna Nook proffers an outstanding natural ecology, English Nature protection, carbon reducing salt flats, a rare large breeding
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A unique world war 2 history and rich agricultural farmland.

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