Bill Jay’s Photographers Portraits @ Oriel Colwyn

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A new exhibition curated by Paul Sampson and Grant Scott.

Oriel Colwyn is pleased to be collaborating with The United Nations of Photography to exhibit, in what is believed to be a UK first, a selection of the portraits Jay has taken of prominent individuals in the medium of photography.

Bill Jay's snapshots provide momentary views of the demeanor, and in some instances the working methods, of multiple generations of photographers, including Weegee, Cornell Capa, Aaron Siskind, Barbara Crane, Robert Heinecken, Duane Michals, and Mary Ellen Mark.

The exhibition opens on the evening of Friday 11th May, and is followed by a screening of the new film Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay downstairs in Theatr Colwyn. After this one off screening in Colwyn Bay the film co-producers, Grant Scott and Tim Pellatt will take the stage to debate and take part in a Q&A session about Bill's life and the making of the film.

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Loved & Lost @ Oriel Colwyn

Loved & Lost @ Oriel Colwyn

Oriel Colwyn (above Theatr Colwyn) (map)

When my dad died, it wounded me in the deepest part of my being. The loss shaped the following few years of my life and will continue to do so, but I don’t have to let it define who I am. Through this time, it was really helpful to be able to talk about my Dad. I wanted to share with others about the person he was, the emotions I was feeling as I processed the grief, and talk about the influence he had - and continues to have - on my life. Those conversations were often hard and few and far between, mainly because people just didn’t quite know how to respond.
— Photographer Simon Bray

Loved & Lost is a documentary project founded by Manchester-based freelance documentary photographer Simon Bray that explores our experiences of loss through photography and audio interview. Each participant is asked to find a photograph of themselves with their lost loved one. We then return to the location of the original photograph to replicate the image.

The Loved & Lost project is designed to help people engage with their loss, regardless of what it looks like. The imagery allows for expression beyond what we can speak of and Simon hopes it can be an experience that contributes to the restorative process in overcoming the painful impact of loss.

Find out more about or participate in the project at

Oriel Colwyn (upstairs in Theatr Colwyn) is open Mon-Sat 12.30 - 9pm