Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay

Scott, Grant ORCID: 0000-0003-2882-1380 (2017) Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay. [Film / Video]

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Bill Jay was a friend to iconic photographers such as W.Eugene Smith, Bill Brandt, Tony Ray Jones, Josef Kouldelka and Beaumont Newhall to name just a few but it was his friendship with Magnum photographer David Hurn that was his closest and most fruitful. Their book On Being a Photographer: A Practical Guide was the starting point for many young photographers careers. Bill Jay was a much loved, and at times controversial figure who said what he believed and in doing so inspired, influenced and helped forge the photographic environment in London at a time when at the beginning of the 1970s, British photography was changing more rapidly, than it had ever done before. The new photography, which emerged from the colour supplements and magazines such as Creative Camera and Album, laid the foundations for ‘independent photography’ and the photographic environment we know today. Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay will feature exclusive interviews with many of the photographers who led the way in the UK and Europe through the late sixties, the seventies and the following decades, alongside Bill’s friends, students and colleagues. It will celebrate his writing, his teaching, his highs and his lows and explore the life of a man who never chose to take the easy option.

Item Type: Film / Video
Related URLs:
Subjects: L Education > LA History of education
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Grant Scott
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 12:34
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:23

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