Event Details

DO NOT BEND: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay

with special guest, Producer, Grant Scott

Monday, February 11 in Tempe, Arizona: Join us for an evening honoring photo historian, photographer and author BILL JAY (1940-2009). UK-based Grant Scott recently completed a feature-length documentary film on Bill that includes contributions from David Hurn, Martin Parr, Ralph Gibson and more. Scott will be there to introduce the film and participate in a panel following the screening. This will be the first theatrical showing in the US. All are welcome; link to free tickets below (required). Please spread the word.

I hope to see you there!

Mary Virginia

From Grant Scott www.donotbendfilm.com:

"We are pleased to be working with ASU to host the US Premiere of Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay. The film premiered in the U.K. in 2018 to sell out crowds and is now coming to Bill Jay’s own Arizona State University.

Bill Jay began teaching at Arizona State University in 1974 and retired in 2000. While Bill was an avid photographer himself, his main interest was in the history of photography and taught on the subject at ASU in front of packed lecture halls. His entertaining wit and peculiar take on life made his photo history classes very popular. But Bill's real passion could be seen on display in his office, which was always crammed with filing cabinets, news clippings, notes and students all discussing the art of photography and their future careers. Bill was always a voice of reason and encouragement to his students.

Bill Jay's lectures and teaching created a generation of American photographers, teachers, curators and publisher. While teaching, he wrote 20 books and more than 400 articles on and about his beloved medium."

The film begins promptly at 7:00 PM on February 11, 2019, and is followed by a panel discussion on Bill Jay with the film’s researcher, art director, co-producer and co-director Grant Scott, former students, colleagues, and family members."

Monday 11th February 2019

Harkins Theatres Valley Art
509 South Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281

Learn more about the film on the BBC

“A magnificent and polished achievement” - Patrick Ward

“This is a film made with a single-minded dedication reminiscent of Bill himself.” - Tristram Powell

“I think the one-real achievement of the film, is to put on record the life and work of Bill Jay whose contribution has been known but never recognized.” - Martin Parr

“Such an absorbing film. Bill Jay brought us a great gift and this film renews it.” - Paddy Summerfield


You will need a ticket to see the film. Please register now and bring your printed ticket to the door. Or use your Event Bright ticket Application on your phone.


"With his bearded smile and a bit of a laugh, Bill reminded us all '...and don't be late!'"

Bill Jay by David Hurn


Special Thanks to Our Event Sponsors:

This event is sponsored and made possible by Tempe Camera, The School of Photography at Arizona State University and The Northlight Gallery at Arizona State University.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There are plenty of public parking facilities in the area of the Valley Arts Theater. Street parking is not always available. Plan on paying for parking. Parking facilities do take credit cards.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You may reach out to Jared Platt with any questions by emailing [email protected]

What's the refund policy?

This is a FREE event, but you MUST HAVE a TICKET to enter. Please only sign up for tickets you WILL USE. Seats are limited and we want to accommodate all who wish to attend.

What do I do if I can't attend?

If you sign up for a ticket and you cannot attend, please email [email protected] and let us know so we can plan our numbers accordingly.

  • When: Mon Feb. 11
    6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

  • Address: 509 South Mill Avenue
    Tempe AZ,US 85281

  • Web: Visit Website