Vanessa Redgrave & Tariq Ali lead anti-Vietnam war demo, A3, 1968

Vanessa Redgrave & Tariq Ali lead the anti-Vietnam war protest to Grosvenor Sq, London.

John Walmsley’s work, in one form or another, is at the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain Library, the National Art Library at the V&A, the V&A Museum of Childhood, Liverpool Museum, la Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Library at the University of California, San Diego. Also been published in 1,000+ books worldwide.
Currently, as well as shooting new work, he is working on 7 new books from his archive. He gives talks to beginning artists and photographers about how to be business-like from the off (‘Getting Your Ducks in a Row’) so you protect your copyright and are not taken advantage of. He also takes part in many group exhibitions with other artists in UK galleries plus in Sao Paolo, Arizona, Texas, NYC, Sydney Australia (the Head On Festival), Tbilisi, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Worthing (part of the Brighton Foto Festival).

He is a member of a small group of photographers which actively pursues people who copy and use their work without permission or payment. So far, he has successfully resolved 160+ cases himself. ‘Artists should be paid, too!’.

Steelworks, Port Talbot, Wales,  A3, 1971​​​​​​​

Housing under the outflow from the steelworks, Port Talb

'Grifter' bike-balancing, Gala day, Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, A3, 1979

Boy bike-balancing on Gala Day, Wester Hailes, Edinburgh.

Recently gave talks to the Society of Authors, the NUJ Photographers Group, artist groups, students and beginning photographers and at the RPS.

National Portrait Gallery.
His work in the NPG Collection, his work can be viewed here
Interview with John on the NPG website. To read it, click here.

Wester Hailes, 1979
He was awarded a grant from the Scottish Arts Council to be attached to Wester Hailes Education Centre on the outskirts of Edinburgh, shooting the new housing scheme and working with the students.
Now an eBook

In December 2022, he received three awards from the B&W Spider Awards, in Los Angeles.

1974 – 81. Part-time lecturer at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. This was an exciting and productive period for the AA with eminent architects on the staff and many students, including Zaha Hadid, going on to great things.

Dog and derelict phone box, Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, A3, 1979

Dog waiting on a small brick pyramid, Wester Hailes, Edinburgh.

Three kids, Dunquin, Co Kerry, Ireland, A3, 1967

Three kids by their house, Dunquin, Co Kerry, Ireland.

1972 – 76. Fellow at Digswell Arts Trust living and working in a community of practising artists including Liz Fritsch, Lol Coxhill, John Blakeley and Veryan Weston. With a grant from the Arts Council of GB, he built a public darkroom and ran courses for local people.

1971 Exhibition at Foto Galerie die Brücke, Vienna.

1971 Photographed the Liverpool Free School on Scotland Road, Liverpool.

1970 – 2000 Worked with the author, Leila Berg, on numerous photo-story books for children and books about childhood including: ‘SNAPS’ and ‘Look at Kids’

1969. His final year project at Guildford School of Art, on A.S. Neill’s democratic school, Summerhill, was published as a Penguin Education Special, ‘Neill & Summerhill: a Man and his Work’ with a text by Leila Berg.

1968. As a final-year student, he took part in and photographed start to finish, the sit-in at Guildford School of Art. It was the longest-ever sit-in at an educational establishment and led directly to the presence of students and staff on the advisory boards of schools, colleges and universities in the UK.
Current and Upcoming Exhibitions:
‘ECO’, on the seafront in Worthing. 2023
‘Home’ at the Sage Gallery in Bangkok 2023
 ‘To The Sea’, a year-long outdoor exhibition in France. 2023
 ‘Light & Shadow’, Glasgow Gallery of Photography. 2023​​​​​​​

Culture Clash, Student Fashion show, A3, 2009​​​​​​​

"Don't Tell Me How To Run My Art School"
By John Walmsley and Claire Grey about the sit-in at Guildford School of Art, 1968.
"At the time, it was the longest-ever sit-in at an educational institution in the UK, leading directly to students and staff being invited onto the Advisory Boards at schools, colleges and Unis."
186 pages
21 x 21 cms
Available on John's website.

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