Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay

Bill Jay was the first editor of the highly influential “Creative Camera” magazine, in the late 1960s. He is the author of more than 20 books on the history and criticism of photography, and roughly 400 essays, lectures and articles. I loved reading his work and would consider his writing to be one of the first influences of this photographer when I was starting out.

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“Photography is inextricably linked with life; the photographer is not invisibly behind the camera but projecting a life-attitude through the lens to create an interference pattern with the image. Who he is, what he believes, not only becomes important to know intellectually, but also becomes revealed emotionally and visibly through a body of work.”


Published by Keith Goldstein

Photographer, husband, dad, and passionate cyclist. Lives and works in New York City.

2 thoughts on “Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay

  1. I, too, believe that photography is an extension of the photographer in that we bring our perspectives to our work, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Thanks for the tip on this man and his influence.

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