Stuart Haden was born in 1942 in Aberdeen, Scotland. He won the Art Prize at St. Christopher's Preparatory School in Wembley Park and the Art Prize at the John Lyon School, Harrow on the Hill.

After school he studied at the Hammersmith College of Art and Building, from 1961 to 1964, and the Architectural Association from 1964 to 1970. He invented and sold "The Rat Race" board game to British Publishing Corporation in 1969. From 1973 to 1977 he taught architectural design at the Mackintosh School, Glasgow School of Art, and then at the University of Texas in Austin from 1977 to 1979. While in Austin, he began to concentrate on photography, studying under Garry Winogrand. Four of his colour photographs received an Honourable Mention in the 12th National Photographic Competition in 1979, judged by William Eggleston. He also received an Honourable Mention in the Camden Society of Architects Photographic Competition 1984, judged by Fay Godwin, John Donat and Leonard Manasseh, for five black & white photographs.

Haden has had nine group shows and 11 solo exhibitions including solo exhibitions at The Third Eye, Glasgow in 1981 and The Photographer's Gallery, London in 1983. He was elected Fellow of the Society of Architectural and Industrial Illustrators in 1985.

He received an Arts Council Grant for documenting the environment and people of the Borough of Broxbourne. The work was shown in the Summer Journey 2005 Travelling Exhibition at the Lowewood Museum and other venues.

In 2005 Haden contributed fifty seven photographs to "Hertfordshire A-Z" by Pamela Shields, ISBN 0-7509-4250-9, published by Sutton Publishing Limited.

In May 2005, Stuart was featured in an atricle for the BBC about his photography and Summer Journey project for the Lowewood Museum. Click here to read the article.

Eugene Atget, the Boyle family, Edward Burra, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Le Corbusier, Donald Evans, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Hogarth, William Hogarth, Edward Hopper, Louis Khan, Fernand Léger, L.S. Lowry, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Mies van der Rohe, Kurt Schwitters, Georges Seurat, John Szarkowski, Jan Vermeer, Alfred Wallis, Garry Winogrand and Frank Lloyd Wright.