Paul Crompton studied at Blackpool College of Art before working as a trainee medical photographer at the University Hospital of Wales. He quickly progressed to senior photographer.
Crompton has explored different genres of photography and has exhibited in the Wales’ prestigious Ffotogallery. Crompton became a lecturer at the Cheshire School of Art and Design in 1985 and shortly thereafter became the leader of the vocational photography course. He earned an MA from Derby University in photographic studies, and was a visiting lecturer in photography at Blackpool College.
Crompton returned to University Hospital of Wales in 1994 as the Head of Photography, where he led the conversion from film to digital. He optimized the digital photography services, expanded into ophthalmic imaging, and created initiatives for developing the role of photography within the patient care pathways of dermatology and wound healing. He has written and lectured in the United Kingdom and the United States, and has won a number of awards. He was a judge for the United Kingdom’s Institute of Medical Illustrators’ awards and for the BioCommunications Association’s exhibitions. In 2014, Crompton was selected as a Louis Schmidt Laureate, a lifetime achievement award from the BioCommunications Association. In 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Medical Illustrators. Crompton continues to produce new work and is part of a team documenting outreach projects in Africa. Currently he is working with the charity Mothers of Africa, and Cardiff University’s Phoenix Project, an educational collaboration with the University of Namibia in southern Africa, where he produces multimedia digital stories.