William Walker - Photographer
Location: Riebeek Valley
William Walker grew up in a home where there was always a camera. His grandfather had a camera with him in the desert of North Africa and the trenches of the Somme.
His mother continued the tradition, taking mainly slides, and William and his sister inherited her love for photography.
It wasn’t until 2003 however, when his son brought a Nikon 3100 digital camera back from a trip to the United States, that William became fully immersed in photography.
Computers and early versions of Adobe Photoshop CS were the final ingredients that turned a hobby into a passion.
The digital era created millions of new photographers and digital printmaking was still in its infancy. It became apparent to William that most of those new photographers would not spend the time, money and frustration on the “dark art” of digital printing.
In 2011, William was fortunate to travel to the Brooks Institute – which is part of the U.C.L.A. campus – to attend a workshop by one of the early pioneers of digital printmaking, R Mac Holbert. Mac, along with his friend, musician and photographer Graham Nash, created the world’s first digital print studio, “Nash Editions” in Los Angeles in 1991.
Ansel Adams, one of the early masters of landscape photography said that, “The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance", and William believes that this still holds true today.
"There are 1.8 billion photographs being taken daily, which means that most modern pictures have a 15-second lifespan – modern prints can remain virtually unchanged for up to 150 years"
William’s aim at Pictorex is to encourage photographers to print more because a photgrapher’s digital files may not be around in 150 years.
The name “Pictorex” is derived from the renowned “Picto” print studio in Paris and his late son, Rex.
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Tel: +27 (0)22-448 1104 or 072 382 1416
12 Royal Street Riebeek Kasteel,
Western Cape, South Africa
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