David Stewart began his career photographing punk bands including The Clash and The Ramones. He also took to photographing the passing parade of colorful characters on Morecambe Promenade with squirrel monkeys Joey and Queenie. This early work directly influenced his now recognizable style. After graduating from Blackpool and The Fylde College, Stewart moved to London in 1981 where he pursued a career in photography, rapidly establishing himself as one of the UK's most highly accomplished photographers.
In 1995 he directed and produced a short film "Cabbage" which was nominated for a BAFTA. Accompanying the film is a series of surrealist photographic images as a tribute to the much-maligned vegetable. In 2001 he published a body of work titled "Fogeys" comprising of kitsch, cartoon-like photographs of people growing old disgracefully. Exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art London "Fogeys" won a Silver Award at the Art Directors Club of New York.