Bill started in professional photography when he was 18, as a beach photographer at Margate. After a long career break in the law he started again some 16 years ago. Bill photographs people – portraits, theatre, opera, events and the occasional wedding.
The camera cannot hear. In portraits Bill looks for a connection with the sitter. In the theatre and the opera and at events Bill looks for meaning in faces and shapes. For more on Bill's theatre photography see this article.
Bill’s exhibition The Refugee’s Gift
at St Martin in the Fields in London’s Trafalgar Square showed refugees who have made a contribution to the United Kingdom. Bill’s portrait of photographer Elsbeth Juda
, which was included in the exhibition, was chosen for the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery. His recent work includes portraits to celebrate 40 years of women at Brasenose College, Oxford
and images for Christ's College Cambridge. Bill is currently working on a new exhibition Where I come from
about BAME graduates and their families. One of the images, a portrait of actor Vanessa Babirye and her sister Vivian
was shown throughout the UK in the exhibition Portrait of Britain
in September 2016.
Bill photographs for British Youth Opera, English Touring Opera, Charles Court Opera and thearts
desk.com. His theatre shots have appeared in all the leading newspapers. His clients include Martin Randall Travel, Westminster School, Rare Recruitment and the Refugee Council. He has travelled throughout the world and his portfolio features shots from Africa, India, Libya, Bhutan, Myanmar, Newfoundland and China as well as Europe and Scandinavia.
In a former life Bill was senior partner at international law firm Simmons & Simmons, President of the City of London Law Society, Deputy Chairman of Council at Lloyd’s of London and Chairman of the Financial Reporting Review Panel. He was awarded the OBE in 2012 for services to financial regulation.
'Bill Knight’s photographs are superb. Informal, spontaneous and full of personality, they are the best headshots I’ve ever had.'
Ben Power, Deputy Artistic Director, National Theatre.
‘Bill is a fantastic photographer, and always manages to make me feel at ease.’
Carrie Cracknell, Associate Director, Royal Court Theatre.
‘We have always been delighted with Bill’s photos. Capturing the spirit of our music festivals in Oxford or along the Danube, or on a London architectural walk, the style and finesse of his photographs is always in evidence.’
Martin Randall Travel.