I am sorry to have to report that Bill Wisden, a Club Vice President and much respected long-time Club Member has died.
Something of a legend in the photography world, Bill gave advice and guidance to many hundreds of photographers preparing to submit a distinction application to the RPS. He gave decades of his life to service of the RPS and chaired the Pictorial Panel (as it was then) for many years. Bill also served the RPS as their President, for which he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship (he was already FRPS). He also held the APAGB, awarded for services to club photography.
He was probably one of the youngest photographers ever invited to become a member of the London Salon – he was still in his 30’s and one of the very few amateur photographers to be awarded an MBE for services to photography.
Bill was a loyal supporter of our Advanced Workers’ Exhibition at North Mundham each January and a regular at the Annual Exhibition too.
I understand that Bill’s funeral is to be a family affair, but should there be a memorial service we will ensure details are made available for all Club Members who might wish to attend.
He will be sadly missed by many in the photography world who not only respected him as a photographer but who valued him as a friend.