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This is a newly built website, probably with wrinkles.  If you see any errors or something that doesn't work, please, please, do send me a message.

  1. '100 Years of Justice'.  An online exhibition by the Magistrates' Association.
  2. walmsleyblackandwhite.com     and     walmsleystreetphotography.com
  3. To buy books, postcards, prints and publication/display rights
  4. Terms & Conditions.
  5. About John Walmsley.
  6. My fees, and Social media
  7. Current projects/books.
  8. Leave a comments

'100 Years of Justice' Exhibition.  Now online.
20 artists, including me, have been selected for this online exhibition to celebrate the first 100 years of the Magistrates' Association:  https://www.ma100yearsofjustice.com/  It illustrates the many areas magistrates' courts deal with.  My work is in the 'Freedom of Association' section.

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.    

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.

Terms & Conditions.

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

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 late 2020).  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 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, 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 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?". 

My fees, and Social media

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

Current projects/books.

Currently, I'm working on a series of books of my early B&W stories.  The marvel of modern digital printing makes high quality short-run books possible.  Plus, I'm taking part in several online (during the lockdown) exhibitions with lots of other artists.


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

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