Walmsley captured the anti-Vietnam war protest that took place in March of 1968. It began with a big rally in Trafalgar square, where an estimated 10,000 demonstrated against American action in Vietnam and British support for the United States, and continued on to Grosvenor Square where demonstrators and police clashed outside the United States embassy in London. Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Branson were among the protest's celebrity attendees.
Untitled #363 (Pat Jordan addressing the crowd in Trafalgar Square)
From the series Anti-Vietnam War Demonstration, London, 1968
John Walmsley is a British documentary photographer based in England. His work is held in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, among others.
In developing his practice, he has always been interested in education and in the everyday. His final year project as a student at Guildford School of Art was published by Penguin Books (1969) as 'Neill & Summerhill: a Man and his Work' with text by Leila Berg, on the well-known 'free school' in the UK.
He built and ran a public darkroom at Digswell Arts Centre and was a part-time lecturer at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London for seven years during the 1970s. He also produced various Arts Bodies funded exhibitions in the UK and Europe, and many projects in schools.
He is currently editing several stories from the 60s and 70s, including a new version of 'Neill & Summerhill: a Man and his Work,' 'But What Do You Do During the Day?' about life as an actor at the Salisbury Repertory Company in the early 70s, with an introduction by Maggie Smith, and 'The Sit-in at Guildford School of Art, 1968.'
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