“Walter Waygood is a really outstanding ambassador and practitioner of photography. Born in South Wales. In the 1980’s he worked extensively as a community artist, later producing some stunning and groundbreaking black and white bill board images, addressing the social and political changes in the Valleys at that time.”

 

‘FOREST ARTS’ 2006

THE WORK OF WELSH COMMUNITY ARTIST / DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER


“Documentary photographer Walter Waygood’s pictures provide a stark but often heartwarming portrayal of Valleys life from the 1970’s to the 1990’s”

‘BBC SOUTH EAST WALES’  2009




“The most stunning shots of Father Christmas I have ever seen - Arbus like in their intensity”

‘CREATIVE CAMERA’

1982


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Walter Waygood began his photographic career using an old fashioned large format mahogany and brass Gandolfi camera. His work was inspired by the German portrait documentary photographer August Sander and the American Photographers of the 1930’s Farm Security Administration. On a local level he was inspired by the landscape and people of his home environment Blaenafon, South Wales. Photography was used to provide a commentary of working class life during the 1970‘s. His interest in photography as  a form of social commentary led him to make more political statements through his pictures during the miners strike of the 1980’s.

In the early 1980’s Walter commenced his documentary on Large Department Stores supported and sponsered by Alders, Denbenhams, Marks & Spencers and Owen Owen PLC.                  This study inspired his 30 year documentary of ‘Santa Claus.....the photographs’