Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay [video]

“”The fate of photography in this country is at stake. And that is more important than my opinions, or your opinions of me.” Bill Jay – Creative Camera 1969….”

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Mastin Labs: 5 Books Every Photographer Should Read

https://www.mastinlabs.com/blog/5-books-every-photographer-read

“There are so many books for photographers, but I’ve boiled my long reading list down to a few books that have had the greatest influence on my journey in photography. The following is a list of the top 5 books that I believe every photographer should read….”

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This top 5 list of photobooks shared by Kirk Mastin of Mastin Labs contains five of the best and most inspiring ever published, with four of them featuring the work of some of the most inspirational photographers of the century, Alex Webb, Richard Avedon, Martin Parr and Win Wenders, all highly recommended.

British Journal of Photography: Education, the celebrated University of South Wales, Cardiff

http://www.bjp-online.com/2017/07/education-the-celebrated-university-of-south-wales-cardiff/

“After nearly half a century, the world-renown photography department has moved from Newport to the Welsh capital where, under the direction of Paul Reas and a team of practising professionals, it is preparing students for today’s industry…

… For over four decades, the documentary photography course has forged a reputation as one of the UK’s leading photography teaching destinations….

… “We have always been driven by the industry expectations of a photographer working within a documentary practice. And that’s definitely reflected in the kind of people that we recruit to teach, and some of the teaching methodologies as well.”…”

‘Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay’ Documentary Now in Production

Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay, a documentary movie about the life, photography and photography magazine work of the late Bill Jay, one of the most influential figures in the history and development of photography in the UK and who had an important effect on my own work, is currently in production. 

My attention was drawn to this documentary via a photograph of Magnum photographer Martin Parr holding a copy of A Day Off,  An English Journal by Tony Ray-Jones, one of the quintessential photography books. I bought my own copy years ago at an excess stock sell-off by the State Library Board of Western Australia. Their loss, my gain.

Mr Ray-Jones famously informed Bill Jay that his magazine was shit, when the latter was editor of Creative Camera magazine.

The list of photographers and others contributing to the production is impressive and includes a number of people whose own work has been important to me, and one with whom I worked some years ago, Bill Gaskins.

I look forward to seeing Do Not Bend when it is released.

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Header image is a spread from A Day Off, An English Journal by Tony Ray-Jones.