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Library Late: Val Wilmer
  • Category
    Arts and Culture
  • Date(s)
    05 June 2019
  • Time
    7:00 PM
  • Price
    £7*
  • Concs.
    £5*
Library Late: Val Wilmer
Join us for an evening with Val Wilmer as part of Bishopsgate Institute’s Library Late series. An internationally acclaimed journalist, photographer, author and black music historian, Wilmer will be joined by Tony Russell, historian of American music and author of several books, for a live Q&A in the Bishopsgate Institute Library. 

Wilmer will discuss her illustrious career documenting African-American music since 1959. In that time she has interviewed and photographed almost every significant figure in post-war jazz, blues and R&B, from Louis Armstrong and Thelonious Monk, to Sun Ra and Albert Ayler, via Muddy Waters and Aretha Franklin. 
As a writer and historian, she has written several books including her autobiography Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This, as well as Jazz People, The Face Of Black Music and As Serious As Your Life: The Story Of The New Jazz, which was recently republished by Serpent’s Tail. 

Val Wilmer’s photography features in the permanent collections of the British Library, the V&A Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. She is also one of the founding members of Format Photographers Agency, a women’s only agency set up in 1983. The agency’s work documented issues, events and individuals often overlooked by the mainstream media, and is kept in the Special Collections and Archives at Bishopsgate Institute.


Image credit: David Corio

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