John Walmsley

"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".

About the Artist

John Walmsley

John Walmsley has worked as a freelance documentary photographer since leaving Art School in 1968.  His 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).  His work has been published in 1,000+ books worldwide (he is the author or joint-author of 15 of them).

Walmsley's 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.