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John Walmsley

Fellowship: January 1975 – January 1980 Digswell House

Studied photography at Guildford School of Art (GSA) from 1965 to 68.  Was actively involved in and photographed the student sit-in there in 1968.  Since then, most (all?) educational institutions have accepted students onto their advisory boards.  GSA refused to give me any qualification.  My final year project on A.S. Neill and his democratic school, Summerhill, was published as an Education Special by Penguin Books in 1969, with a text compiled by Leila Berg.  Leila and I then worked together for 30+ years on a variety of books either for or about children.  For 40+ years, I have supplied photos to educational book publishers worldwide.  In 1979 I had a grant from the Scottish Arts Council to live and work in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, attached to the new Wester Hailes Education Centre.  My work is in the Permanent Collections of the National Portrait Gallery, London and la Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris.  In the 70s I was a part-time lecturer at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London during one of its most prolific and creative periods with students like Zaha Hadid.  In recent years I’ve been one of a small band of photographers fighting against the large scale infringement of our copyright and helping other authors and artists do the same.

Vanessa Redgrave with the letter to the American Ambassador, anti-Vietnam War demonstration march from Trafalgar Sq to Grosvenor Sq Sunday 17th March 1968.

Photos of Digswell in the 70s: http://bit.ly/DigswellPhotosbyWalmsley
B&W archive:  https://www.walmsleyblackandwhite.com/albums
Education archive:  https://www.educationphotos.co.uk/index
National Portrait Gallery prints (incl’ 3 Digswell Fellows):  http://bit.ly/NPGjohnwalmsley
National Portrait Gallery interview:  http://bit.ly/NPG_Walmsley_Interview

Member of the NUJ and the Society of Authors.

Email:  johnwalmsley@educationphotos.co.uk

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