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My talk at the Royal Photographic Society (on Zoom)
Thursday 29th April 2021,     18.15 to 19.30hrs.
https://rps.org/events/groups/documentary/2021/april/engagement-john-walmsley/
It's on Zoom, is free and open to all, not only to RPS members but you need to register.
I'll be talking about my career, the various stories I've covered and how I managed to make a living for all these years but will leave plenty of time for questions.

1. Terms & Conditions.  Please, read these first if you have any plans to use my work.
2. To buy books, postcards, prints and publication/display rights.
3. About John Walmsley.
4. Social Media use is not permitted.
5. My fees: all uses need to be paid for.
6. Current projects/books.
7. My old websites:  walmsleyblackandwhite.com     and     walmsleystreetphotography.com
8. Leave a comment

1.  Terms & Conditions.
Click the tab in the Menu for my T&Cs.  Best to read them before you really get started.

2.  To buy books, postcards, prints and publication/display rights.
Buy my books and postcards by clicking on the links in the menu.  Prints, from 5x7.5 inches @ £7.50 to 8x12 inches @ £29, can be bought by clicking on 'BUY PRINT'  close to each individual photograph.  All prints will have a small copyright line in the bottom corner.  For larger sizes, please send me a message via the Contact form.  Please remember, you would be buying the physical book, card or print for your own personal use only, but no intellectual property rights in the photographs, themselves. Also, they must not be posted on social media (see below).  For the right to publish or display an image, please, send me a message via the Contact form.

3.  About John Walmsley.
I've been a freelance documentary photographer since leaving Art School in 1968.  My final year project on A.S. Neill and his democratic school, Summerhill, was published by Penguin Books in 1969 (updated edition planned for March/May 2021).  My work has been published in 1,000+ books worldwide (I'm the author or joint-author of 15 of them).
In one form or another, my work is also held at the National Portrait Gallery, the National Art Library at the V&A, the V&A Museum of Childhood, the Tate Britain Library, Liverpool Museum and la Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Mostly, I photograph ordinary people and the interesting things they do. My first story was the sit-in at Guildford School of Art in 1968 at the end of my final year there.  It became the longest ever sit-in at a UK educational establishment and led directly to there being students and staff on the Advisory Boards of schools, colleges and universities.  The book, 'Finding Our Voice', which you can buy here:
https://www.johnwalmsleyphotos.co.uk/-/galleries/store/finding-our-voice-book-of-the-exhibition
is not only the catalogue of the exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary, but also records the day-by-day events throughout the sit-in (Claire Grey's diary of events and my photographs).
Looking back, the stories which I think have stood the test of time were all self-started.  If you're interested in the subject, it does seem to make a sizeable difference.
In the 70s I was a part-time lecturer at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.  Plus, I lived and worked with a large group of artists at the Digswell Arts Trust in Welwyn Garden City.  Think, very large house, lots of creativity but very little heating.
Increasingly these days, I give Zoom talks to students and/or professionals about having your ducks in a row from the beginning so you stand a better chance of making a living.  In particular, protecting your copyright so you could be paid later (sometimes, years later) when someone uses your work without asking and refuses to pay anything, typically saying, "Photos are free, right?". 

4.  Social media
I never allow my work to be posted on social media because of their T&Cs.

5.  My fees.
Because I have bills to pay, I need to charge for all uses, including all unauthorised ones, so, if you'd like to use my work in any way at all, please ask me first.  It would be cheaper.  I use the NUJ's Freelance Fees Guide as a minimum and double the fees whenever the photographer's credit is missing.

6.  Current projects, books and interviews.
There are some small books in editing/design based on the various stories I've covered.
I take part in  numerous exhibitions, mostly online these days, with various other other artists:
https://www.little-voices.co.uk/john-walmsley
https://www.seasbrighton.org/post/john-walmsley-there-is-a-market
https://www.ma100yearsofjustice.com/john-walmsley

I give talks on Zoom.  Next one is for the Royal Photographic Society at 6.15pm on Thursday 29th April 2021.  It is free and open to everyone, not just members.  I'll be talking about my work and answering questions
https://rps.org/events/groups/documentary/2021/april/engagement-john-walmsley/

Couple of interviews.
http://bit.ly/NPG_Walmsley_Interview
https://exposureworks.co.uk/lightbites-john-walmsley/

7.  Old websites:  walmsleyblackandwhite.com     and     walmsleystreetphotography.com
If you were looking for my Classic B&W or Street Photography sites, that work has been incorporated into this site.    

8.  Leave a comment.
Either, leave a comment in the box below or use the CONTACT option in the menu to email me.



Hi John, I came across your images on the Black and White Liverpool Flickr group. I thoroughly enjoyed all your shots, especially the 1971 Liverpool ones, as I was about the same age as those kids and wore similar clothes as one or two of them. Regards, Dave
Dave, Glad you enjoyed them. They were exhibited at the Bluecoat a couple of years ago and I arranged for one of the founders to visit and be reunited with his 'kids' after nearly 40 years. But, maybe, you've seen those shots, too. Best, John
Hi John
I hope you're well. I'm desperately trying to find a copy of Birthday Races ( Snaps series) for my parents who used read it to my sister and I when we were children ( 40+ years ago!). We used to reenact it for hours at a time and want to present it to our parents for their Ruby wedding anniversary this year. Do you have any idea where I might buy a copy please. I have tried numerous online book sellers but to no avail. Just seeing the cover brings back so many fond memories for me of poor Christie. I think he may have even have been my first 'crush! Your photos are imprinted in my memory, but I'd love for our parents to see it again in the flesh.
Thanks so much,
Best wishes
Emma
I lived in Guildford until 10 years ago and taught at Adult Ed which originally had something to do with the School of Art, where my mother discovered painting, which kept her sane. I was at Oxford in 1968 and then London, so the whole era is fascinating. We lived in Wonersh and Ifor Thomas and Joy lived there and drank in separate pubs.

Hi John someone put a link on Facebook about your works regarding School photography at Whitworth Comprehensive School 1970, what a lovely surprise to find pictures of my auntie Sylvia on of the cleaners at the school, I have ordered them and can't wait to give them to her, Sylvia is in her 92nd year and fit and well, I hope it brings back happy memories for her I know she will be delighted to see them. I attended the same school and new a few people amongst the pictures it was a happy school and brought good times to mind. Thank you so very much for your works.

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