Mick Williamson - From the Photo-Diaries of Mick Williamson

Silverhill Press Photography

A major retrospective of the work of one of Britain's greatest photographers, and our first hardback publication. Available to order from early August 2023.

"A man of neat stature with a kind, bearded face is watching the world quietly. He carries a large black bag, which may get heavier as he collects the interesting things that he finds - a small token, a piece of sea glass, a damaged coin, maybe a shiny silver button or discarded plastic toy. He reaches into his bag or perhaps his jacket pocket and extracts a small camera. The jacket pocket is marked through use with the ring of the lens. He fires the shutter with what seems like little attention to composition, maybe once or maybe a few times in close succession, then returns it. Mick Williamson is collecting moments. He has been observing and collecting like this for fifty years, since soon after the birth of his first son Joby in 1972. He has over 2 million images in his archive, known as the Photo-Diaries of Mick Williamson, and his home is a living museum of discarded and retrieved objects."

- Susan Andrews, from the Introduction

"Most British contemporary photographers know Mick - well, at least those who live south of Watford Gap Services do - and everyone loves him as he is such a generous, caring, selfless person. Although he is a fabulous photographer, he is maybe best known for supporting groups and individuals, and organising activities that benefit others rather than himself. As Rod Morris, who has made the documentary The Photo-Diaries of Mick Williamson says:

'He has spent most of his life helping others to realise their work, through teaching. It is now time for us all to benefit from engaging with his work'."

- Paul Hill, from the Foreword

Hardback. 116 pages of photographs and texts