John Walmsley – John Lennon and the Student Sit-in at Guildford School of Art

John Walmsley

Windows of The Liverpool John Moores University Tower

John Walmsley – John Lennon and the Student Sit-in at Guildford School of Art

24 hour viewing 

The photographer, John Walmsley, was a photography student at Guildford School of Art and photographed the student sit-in of 1968. For this Festival we are so proud to present a large-scale blow-up of a photograph of students’ democracy in action and an iconic portrait of John Lennon speaking in support of the students and sacked staff when he and Yoko Ono visited the exhibition of staff work at a London gallery in December 1968. 

John Walmsley photographs things that interest him. He is a passionate educationalist. His final year project on A.S.Neill’s democratic school, Summerhill, was published by Penguin Books in 1969. He had also taken the historic shot of Vanessa Redgrave, Tariq Ali and Richard Branson (1968 Grosvenor Square anti-Vietnam war demo) which was selected by Baroness Helena Kennedy to be one of a hundred pictures exhibited at the NPG to celebrate portraits of the millennium. John now has 9 photographs in the National Portrait Gallery’s Permanent Collection. 

John Walmsley will be visiting to talk about photography and his photographs in a public talk and conversation at the Walker Art Gallery on the afternoon of Friday 11th (see events).

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