PODCAST: In Search of Bill Jay, Episode 7, ‘The Photo Study Centre and The Teaching Begins’

In episode 7 of this new podcast series Grant Scott continues his search for Bill Jay, and documents the opening and closing of the Photo Study Centre in the ICA, London with support from the founder of The Photographer’s Gallery, London, Sue Davies, curator William Messer, photographer Daniel Meadows, photographer/photo editor Bryn Campbell and one-time Bill student Mark Trompeteler.

Bill Jay outside the ICA, London, 1970
Bill Jay building benches at the Photo Study Centre, ICA, 1970.

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 Albummagazine (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.


Thanks to Aaron Bommarito for archive recordings with Bill Jay. All other interviews were conducted by Grant Scott.

© Grant Scott 2022

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