Obituary: Bill Wisden MBE HonFRPS (1930-2018)

21 January 2018

Society news

William, better known as Bill, Wisden MBE HonFRPS died on 20 January 2018, aged 87 years. 

Bill was one of the Society’s longest-standing members joining in 1959. He gained his Associate the same year and Fellowship in 1963. Bill was an accomplished photographer and made his mark on the Society very quickly, becoming a regular lecturer and active within the Pictorial (now Visual Art) Group. In 1965 one of his prints was purchased for the Tyng Collection. Elsewhere he was a selector for the International Print Exhibition several times and sat on the Pictorial distinctions panel.

Even greater was Bill’s impact on the Society’s distinctions through his membership and, later, chair of the Distinctions Advisory Board.  

In recognition of his impact he was given an Honorary Fellowship in 1994 and the Society introduced a Fellowship of the Year award in his honour.  In the words of one senior member of the Society: “Bill brought to The Society a clarity of vision and thought that changed it for the better.”

Away from the RPS Bill was a member of the London Salon of Photography and a member of the Brighton and Hove Camera Club from 1954. He received a MBE for services to art in 2011.  

The Society’s thoughts are with his family which asks for their privacy to be respected at this time. Funeral details will be announced later. 

A full obituary and appreciation will appear in the March 2018 RPS Journal.