Lewis's Fifth Floor: A Department Story is a project from 2009. The subject of the work focused upon a closed floor within the iconic Lewis's department store in Liverpool. Shut off from the outside world for thirty years, the fifth floor housed three restaurants and a hair salon all of which still retained their glamorous decor and fittings from the stores 1950's heyday. Alongside the still life studies of the interior spaces Stephen located many of the former employees to be photographed at their original work stations.

The photographs where published as a monographic book by Liverpool University Press and exhibited at The National Conservation centre (National Museums Liverpool). The exhibition then went on to be a part of the 2010 Brighton Photo Fringe where it won the Danny Wilson Memorial Award.

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