22 April 2015
Terry King, photographer, artist and poet, and an exponent of alternative processes, has died aged 76 years.
Terence Anthony King was born in 1938 and he had a career as a civil servant in in central government before he turned his interest in photography in to a second career. He made his first pictures incorporating watercolours in light sensitive emulsions in 1977 and he established Hands-On Pictures in Twickenham where he conducted workshops, undertook his own experiment with alternative process and created his own art work. In Terry's words the courses and workshops culminated into the year-long ‘Wedgwood to Bromoil’ series covering everything from the photographic images produced by Wedgwood in the 1790s through asphaltum a la Niépce, salt printing, carbon, platinum, watercolour photography (gum bichromate). Bromoil, bromoil transfer, photo-etching and photogravure.
In 1997 he founded APIS, the Aternative Processes International Symposium, which met in alternate years in the UK and in the USA for many years. His workshop/studio moved from Twickenham to Kingston after the building was redeveloped.
Terry Joined the Royal Photographic Society in 1978 and gained his Fellowship for a set of gum bichromate photographic prints in 1982. He chaired the Society's Historical Group between 2003 and 2007 during which time he organized conferences on nineteenth century women photographers at Birr Castle in Ireland, Julia Margaret Cameron and Lewis Carroll at Dimbola in the Isle of Wight, the part of science in the history of photography at Oxford University and the history of church photography at Durham Cathedral. He was a man of strong opinions and ultimately left the RPS after falling out with senior members of its Council and Executive.
Terry's work was widely exhibited. His website for Hands-On Pictures still exists.
Image: Terry King from a daguerreotype by Mike Robinson.