Exhibition of Prints by the Late Bill Wisden MBE Hon FRPS APAGB
at the Jubilee Library, Brighton from Monday 11 February to Saturday 23 February 2019
This exhibition is a celebration of the life and work of the distinguished Brighton photographer Bill Wisden MBE Hon FRPS.
Bill was a member of the Brighton & Hove Camera Club from 1954 until his death in January 2018 and in honour of his talent, achievements and generosity we as a Club wish to honour Bill’s work. He will be remembered by many for his passion for photography and the amazing generosity of his time spent helping others to develop their own photography. He was always happy to give an honest opinion on a photograph and had the gift of immediately seeing the strengths or weaknesses of an image.
Whether it was in the dark room or later digitally, using Photoshop, he constantly pushed the boundaries and produced work that was well ahead of its time. Bill would refer to himself not as a photographer but as an image maker.He won many awards and was well known Internationally for his astute composition, humorous juxtapositions, use of colour and, later on, the digital manipulation in his images, creating, what he fondly called, “Wisdens”.
Amongst his many distinctions was that he was invited to become the youngest member of the London Salon of Photography in 1962. A year later in 1963, he gained his Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and over the years he worked tirelessly to promote and improve the RPS by serving on numerous boards and panels. In 2011 Bill was awarded an MBE for his services to the Arts.
This exhibition is only a small part of Bill’s Photographic life and is a mixture of his revolutionary darkroom prints and the digital work that he came to embrace even though he once swore he would never go digital. “I’m too old and you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. How wrong he was! He was so ahead of what others were doing in the early days of Photoshop.
Brighton & Hove Camera Club wants this exhibition to be a tribute to a man who is still greatly missed and will continue to be missed by everyone who loved him and learned so much from him.
VENUE: Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 11am to 5pm
Brighton Station is only a 10-15 minute walk away from the library.