Julian Sheppard is a Cardiff based photographer who studied at Guildford School of Photography. In 1967 he was first commissioned by the Welsh Arts Council to take portraits of the leading lights in Welsh and Anglo-Welsh literature. Many of his portraits date from the period 1967-1971 though others were added sporadically until the mid-1980s. Also included are readings at Oriel in Cardiff between 1986 and 1990.His archive now at the National Library of Wales consists of 35mm negatives, contact sheets and prints. Many of his photographs will be recognisable from book covers, posters and magazines. His subjects include writers, novelists, poets and journalists. Included are such luminaries as Waldo Williams, Saunders Lewis, Kate Roberts, Islwyn Ffowc Elis, Harri Webb and Gwenlyn Parry.
His portraits are usually taken in the study or home environment of the sitter, some of the best being contemplative portraits taken in an unguarded moment. Others show the vibrancy and enthusiasm of their subject.
Copies of many of his portraits are to be found in a number of other collections within the Library such as photographs from New Welsh Review (Llyfrau ffoto 4179b – 4194b) and the Rhys Davies Papers (Llyfr ffoto 2257d) but the collection as a whole can be consulted in Llyfrau ffoto 4150b – 4156b. Negatives corresponding to the contact sheets are available should reproductions be required. Copyright now belongs to the National Library of Wales.