PODCAST: In Search of Bill Jay, Episode 5, ‘1970 and The Beginning of Album’

In episode 5 of this new podcast series Grant Scott continues his search for Bill Jay and reflects on the birth of Album magazine in 1970 with support from its publisher Tristram Powell and Bill Jay himself!

Above: Bill Jay and the Album team in the original basement office in 1970. The volunteer Hargreaves sisters stand either side of Bill and Aidan Ellis sits on the desk closet to the camera.
Below: The naked staff portrait as mentioned by Bill in this episode.

You can see all issues of Album magazine here: https://billjay.com/album-magazine/

William ‘Bill’ Jay (12 August 1940 – 10 May 2009) was a photographer, a writer on and advocate of photography, a curator,  a magazine and picture editor, lecturer, public speaker and mentor. He was the first editor of Creative Camera Owner magazine, which became Creative Camera magazine (1967–1969) and founder and editor of Album magazine (1970–1971). Jay established the first gallery dedicated to photography in the UK with the Do Not Bend Gallery, London and the first Director of Photography at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Whilst there he founded and directed the first photo-study centre. He studied at the University of New Mexico under Beaumont Newhall and Van Deren Coke and then founded the Photographic Studies programme at Arizona State University, where he taught photography history and criticism for 25 years. Jay is the author of more than twenty books on the history and criticism of photography, four books of his own photography, and roughly 400 essays, lectures and articles. His regular column titled Endnotes was published within Lenswork magazine for a number of years and his own photographs have been widely published, including a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


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