Remembering Bill Wisden MBE Hon FRPS APAGB

30 January 2019

Region: London

Brighton & Hove Camera Club honour the talents of Bill Wisden MBE Hon FRPS at an Exhibition in Brighton.  Here is their tribute to him:

"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". 

The Exhibition can be seen at:

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.

There are various car parks in Brighton. None are particularly cheap.

Image Flames (c) Bill Wisden MBE Hon FRPS