“Bill doesn’t set up photos. He catches life, architecture and landscape fragments ‘out of the corner of his eye’. He reflects on them after as to what that spontaneous capture of the image means in terms of his aesthetic. What Bill does set out to photograph are images that suggest the two dimensions in which they will ultimately be viewed. This creates in the viewer a sense of immediate reality- a truth in the image that is intensely satisfying,” Dr Jude Pippen.

Photographer Bill Walker (1940-2017)

Bill has had a rich life which informs the variety of his photographic work from theatre production to ship’s engineer and designing knitting patterns! As a student Bill managed the Alexandra Theatre at Monash University before production managing Barry Humphries’ first shows. His career in theatrical production encompassed the major Australian opera companies, the London Palladium and the original Jesus Christ Superstar. He was an early worker on inflatable sets and contributed to shows by Tully, Billy Thorpe, Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, the Balinese Dancers amongst others. After a period as a lecturer at NIDA he left theatre to pursue a career as a ship’s engineer on a sailing ship trading in the Pacific. He has a deep interest in Melanesian Culture and until fairly recently lived in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. He is a long term photographer with an interesting eye and deep technical expertise. 

Bill wanted to have this exhibition in Nambour where he loved residing in his final years. The family have priced his works to make them accessible to the community to enjoy them in their homes.

At the Old Ambo Galleries

Official Opening: 3.00pm, Saturday 5 May

RSVP for catering purposes to Meredith Walker, 0425 257 999 or meredithwalker01@gmail.com

Exhibition Hours: Monday 10.00am to 3.00pm, Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 2.30pm, and Saturday 10.00am to 3.00pm.