Project Description

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 will be honouring Bill’s work by having an exhibition, in Brighton.

Bill 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.

Brighton & Hove Camera Club paid 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.