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Notable: Profile of Photography Historian Bill Jay, Black and White Magazine

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photographer on August 18, 2010 at 11:41 am


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The photographer, essayist, photography historian Bill Jay passed away recently and left a rich and varied contribution to the field of photography.

We first became acquainted with Bill’s work through LensWork magazine that also has done a retrospective. The latest issue of B&W now profiles this remarkable figure in a well done article by Carol McCusker.

Bill Jay began his career is England where he was the first Director of Photography at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. In addition, he was first Editor/Director of

After studying with Beaumont Newhall and Van Deren Coke at the University of New Mexico, he founded the program of photographic studies at Arizona State University, where he taught history and criticism classes for 25 years.

Bill Jay has published over 400 articles and is the author of more than 20 books on the history and criticism of photography.

His personal photos of famous figures in photography are fascinating but his many essays, some of which are captured in our favorite: On Being A Photographer, are well worth revisiting.

Take the time to look at his vast photographic and essay work at his website. The essays are reproduced online for your viewing.

Pick up the latest issue of B&W at Barnes and Noble and visit Bill Jay’s website at:

Bill Jay