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Bill Jay

Bill Jay around the time he took on editorship of Camera Owner magazine.

News reached me this week of a film, currently still in production, titled Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay.

It’s being produced under the aegis of The United Nations of Photography, an independent platform designed to encourage informed lens-based media conversation and debate.
Visit their website here:

I was contacted by the Producer & Director, Grant Scott, with regard to using some images of Camera Owner/Creative Camera magazine covers in the final edit. As I appear to be the only person with a complete set of the mags I’m happy to oblige.

News on the film’s release schedule and screenings will follow as I hear more.

Weston Meters

A nice little no-frills website dedicated to the glorious Weston Exposure Meter – Invented by an Englishman who had emigrated to the US – Edward Weston – not the famous photographer of the same name!

My two trusty versions of the classic:

Euro Master II (1980s) and Master III (1950s)

New light on Hugo van Wadenoyen

For some time, I have known of an article, written by Colin Osman, concerning the photographer Hugo van Wadenoyen. It appeared in an old issue of The PhotoHistorian, the journal of  The Royal Photographic Society’s History group.

Only during the rebuilding of this website Have I finally got around to tracking it down, thanks to a brilliant and speedy response from the RPS. They provided a digital copy of the journal in question, from 1992, and I have reproduced the article in full here.

Entitled ‘Hugo van Wadenoyen: Landscape Revolutionary‘ it sounded extremely promising. In fact, it has turned out to be even more informative than I ever imagined and is a tribute to the dedication that the late Colin Osman put into his research.

Wim Wenders’ Polaroids

“It’s not just the meaning of the image that has changed – the act of looking does not have the same meaning. Now, it’s about showing, sending and maybe remembering. It is no longer essentially about the image…”

Wim Wenders

The Photographers’ Gallery in London is hosting an extensive exhibition of film maker Wim Wenders’ early Polaroids called Instant StoriesThey date from a prolific period in the 1970s which saw the release of some of his most memorable films.

The quotation above is from an interview with Wenders in The Guardian newspaper. Continue reading “Wim Wenders’ Polaroids”

John Angerson’s English Journey

Photo Histories: Published in 1934, J.B. Priestley’s English Journey became one of the most influential books in the nation’s response to the Great Depression.

When photographer John Angerson retraced the writer’s footsteps three quarters of a century later he found a changed landscape, but one in which Priestley’s observations, and the observations of some great British photographers remain as pertinent as ever, writes Graham Harrison.

John Angerson’s website.