Above: It was a pleasure to meet with John Benton Harris last Saturday and talk about Bill. The image above left was taken of John by Bill and featured in the book Photographers Photographed.
We were also able to speak with and film innovator, educator, author, advisor and entrepreneur in the field of photography MV Swanson ‘Swanny’ Monday in New York. She was not only one of Bill’s first students at Arizona State she was also a close friend and supporter of Bill’s. We’d like to thank her for her support for the film and in helping us connect with other people in Bill’s life.
It was great to be able to spend a day with Paul Hill talking about his memories of working with and for Bill. Paul founded The Photographers Place – the UK’s first residential photography workshop – at his Peak District home where we filmed him outside the building known as the ‘Scout Hut’ where the workshops were held including one in which Bill was involved with. Paul has written two books, Approaching Photography and Dialogue with Photography and has had two monographs White Peak Dark Peak and Corridor of Uncertainty published. He has exhibited regularly since 1970 in the British Isles and internationally. Paul was the first art photographer to receive an MBE for services to photography and the first professor of photographic practice within a British university. Suffice to say his memories of Bill and his thoughts on Bill’s career will provide important insight to the film.
Every time we speak with someone about their memories of Bill we glean an insight into Bill’s relationship with photography and his life however small that may sometimes be. That was certainly the case after our conversation with Patrick Ward this morning, the twenty second interview we have conducted as part of our ongoing research.
We spent a wonderful morning with Daniel Meadows discussing the influence of Bill Jay on his work and career. Daniel was in the same class as Martin Parr at Manchester Polytechnic where Bill gave a talk in 1971 that influenced Daniel and Martin in the ways in which they viewed photography. Another great interview for the film, thanks Daniel!