John Benton Harris

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.

Homer Sykes and Sue Davies OBE

Thank you to photographer Homer Sykes and founder of the Photographer’s Gallery, London, Sue Davies OBE for sharing their memories of Bill, Creative Camera, Album and the Do Not Bend Gallery with us yesterday.

Lecturing

 

 

 

 

 

We are excited to announce that we have just received over twelve hours of film footage of Bill lecturing in 1989 to consider for the film from the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts.

MV Swanson

 

 

 

 

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.

Alex Webb

 

 

 

 

A big thank you to Magnum photographer Alex Webb who made himself available to be filmed in Prospect Park, Brooklyn on Monday by Jake Chessum. Alex shared his memories of Bill and spoke about his impact on his work and fellow photographers.

Paul Hill MBE

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.

Patrick Ward

Above: Patrick Ward photographed by Bill Jay in David Hurn’s London apartment in 1972.

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.