Stephen Kelly was born in Whitehaven, England in 1983. He holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Newport.

His most recent personal works explore themes of history, transition and identity in Yangon, Myanmar.

Alongside his own projects, he has worked on a variety of commissions over the last decade, predominantly in Asia. Stephens clients have included WWF, ActionAid, Oxfam, UNHCR, IOM, The Observer Magazine, The Independent Magazine, D La Repubblica Delle Donne, IL Magazine, The Fader Magazine, The New York Times and Bloomberg amongst others.

Stephen regularly delivers reportage workshops, and has spoken about his practice at such institutions as Hong Kong Baptist University, Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio and the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) .