'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.
‘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.
I photograph people – portraits, theatre, opera, music and dance.
I started in professional photography when I was 18, as a beach photographer at Margate. After a long career break in the law I started again some 17 years ago. I am now based in London.
The camera cannot hear. In portraits I look for a connection with the sitter. In the theatre and the opera I look for meaning in faces and shapes. For more on my theatre photography see this article.
My 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. My portraits of photographer Elsbeth Juda and scientist Gustav Born from the exhibition are now in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery. My work has included portraits to celebrate 40 years of women at Brasenose College, Oxford and images for Christ's College Cambridge. My exhibition Where I come from, about BAME graduates and their families, was shown in London and Windsor. One of the images, a portrait of actor Vanessa Babirye and her sister Vivian was featured throughout the UK in the exhibition Portrait of Britain. My picture of Amelia Odida was a winner in the 2018 Portrait of Britain exhibition.
My current exhibition Phenomenal Women shows 40 portraits of the UK's Black Female Professors. It is on at London's City Hall until 30th March 2020.
I photograph for British Youth Opera, English Touring Opera, Charles Court Opera and theartsdesk.com. My theatre and opera shots have appeared in all the leading newspapers. My clients include Martin Randall Travel, Westminster School, Rare Recruitment and the Refugee Council.
In a former life I 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. In 2012 I was awarded the OBE for services to financial regulation.