Bill Jackson - Part 2

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VIDEO: Bill Jackson discusses the serendipity behind his series "Head".

VIDEO: Bill Jackson discusses the serendipity behind his series "Head".

VIDEO: Bill Jackson discusses the serendipity behind his series "Head".

"When we think of a photograph, we often see it in terms of an instant, the decisive moment," says Bill Jackson, but for him the real art of making photographs is all in the preparation and planning. Before Bill even exposes any film he has decided upon background, lighting and how the final print will look. Photography is a series of decisions, all contributing to solving a visual puzzle.

Bill first came to public attention when his dance pictures were selected for exhibition "Fleeting Gestures, A History of Dance Photography" at The Photographers Gallery in 1980, shortly after graduating from Coventry School of Art the year before. Over the next few years, Bill went on to exhibit widely, with a series of portraits of the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican, 1984 and a major project on Workers at the Impressions Gallery, York, 1985. Bill's work was also recognised when he won the West Midlands Arts Photography Award 1980 and the Southern and Northern Arts Exhibition Awards in 1982 and 1986.

Moving away from the still image in 1986 Bill spent the next twenty years experimenting with film and computer graphics and began teaching photography, video and multimedia. During this time he was also Digital Artist in Residence at Compton Vernay Museum and Film Maker in Residence at The Royal Pump Rooms Gallery and Museum in Leamington Spa.

In 2006 he made a return to photography and print making and has brought all his expertise and understanding of the new technical processes that have been made possible in the digital era and has applied it to his obsessive concern with improving the quality of his prints. With his new works "Morphenia" and "The Night of the Hunter" Bill has once again been exhibited in the UK, Canada and the USA.