Patrick Ward (photographer)

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Patrick Ward (born 1937) is a British photographer who has published collections of his own work on British and other subjects as well as working on commissions for the press.

Life and career[edit]

Ward became interested in photography while doing National Service when a friend sent him the book of The Family of Man.[1] He started out as an assistant to the photographer John Chillingworth (previously at Picture Post), and his own work was published in "Manplan" at The Architectural Review,[2] the Observer Magazine, the Sunday Times Magazine, and the Telegraph Magazine.[3]

In his own time, Ward worked on a portrayal of the English at play that resulted in the book Wish You Were Here, published in 1976 by Gordon Fraser in a uniform edition with Homer Sykes' Once a Year. This was also an observation of the class divisions of England.[1]

Ward was one of a number of photographers who contributed to Bill Jay's short-lived Album, and Jay credits his and David Hurn's generosity with saving him from starvation during that period.[4]

Commenting on Wish You Were Here and Flags Flying (1977), Daniela Mrázková wrote that "Ward is not a reporter but rather [an] essayist who can relate serious matters in a totally unserious manner. . . ."[1]


Books by Ward[edit]

  • Wish You Were Here: The English at Play. London: Gordon Fraser, 1976. ISBN 0-900406-70-4. With an introduction and commentary by James Cameron.
  • Flags Flying. London: Gordon Fraser, 1977. ISBN 0-86092-000-3.
  • Amsterdam. The Great Cities. Amsterdam: Time-Life, 1977. Text by Hans Koning.
    • Amsterdam. Die grossen Städte. Amsterdam: Time-Life, 1977. ISBN 90-6182-271-8(German)
    • Amsterdam. Les Grandes Cités. Amsterdam: Time-Life, 1977. (French)
    • Amusuterudamu (アムステルダム) / Amsterdam. Raifu sekai no daitoshi. Tokyo: Time-Life, 1978. (Japanese)
  • Bike Riders. Harrow House, 1980. Text by various authors.
    • Bike Riders. Munich: Christian, 1980. (German)
    • Moto évasion: Un univers. Paris: EPA, 1981. ISBN 2-85120-117-4(French)
    • Bike riders: de wereld van de snelle machines. Amsterdam: De Lantaarn, 1981. ISBN 90-70485-01-X(Dutch)
  • Sandhurst: The Royal Military Academy: 250 years. Shrewsbury: Harmony House, 1990. ISBN 0-916509-98-2. Text by David G. Chandler.
  • Essentially English. London: Michael O'Mara, 2003. ISBN 1-84317-003-5. New edition self-published at, 2008.[5]
  • Land of the Free: On the Road in 1980's America Self-published at, 2008.[6]
  • Wish You Were Here: England at Play in the 1970's. Self-published at, 2008.[7]
  • Jo and Laszlo's Wedding in a Field. Self-published at, 2008.[8]
  • Christie's: London's Great Auction House. Self-published at, 2010.[9]
  • Fallen Angels: Barcelona's Gaudi, Carnaval and Santa Eulalia. Self-published at, 2010.[10]
  • Londoners! Self-published at, 2010.[11] Revised edition, self-published at, 2010.[12]
  • The Thames: London's Great River from Source to Sea. Self-published at, 2010.[13]
  • Being English. Liverpool: Bluecoat, 2014. ISBN 978-1908457219.
  • Manplan One. Southport: Café Royal, 2015. Edited by Craig Atkinson. Edition of 200 copies.

Other book appearances[edit]

  • Discovering Britain and Ireland. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Books, 1985. ISBN 0-87044-598-7. ISBN 0-87044-599-5. Contributor.
  • Jay, Bill. Photographers Photographed. Salt Lake City: Peregrine Smith, 1983. ISBN 0-87905-146-9. Ward is one of the photographers photographed.
  • Lane, Barry, ed. British Image 2. London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1976. ISBN 0-7287-0093-X. Ward's series "Games People Play", excerpted from Wish You Were Here, appears on pp. 67–77.
  • Perry, Grayson, ed. Unpopular Culture: Grayson Perry Selects from the Arts Council Collection. London: Hayward, 2008. ISBN 1-85332-267-9.

Group exhibitions[edit]

Permanent collections[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Daniela Mrázková, Masters of Photography: A Thematic History (Twickenham, Middx: Hamlyn, 1987; ISBN 0-600-35191-2), 192–193.
  2. ^ Simon Esterson, "The AR’s Manplan is a tactile reminder of a time when magazines lived dangerously", The Eye no. 77. Accessed 2 October 2010.
  3. ^ Cover blurb for Wish You Were Here (1977).
  4. ^ Bill Jay, "Magazine memoirs: Creative Camera and Album, 1968–1972", Accessed 2 October 2010.
  5. ^ Essentially English at
  6. ^ Land of the Free at
  7. ^ Wish You Were Here at
  8. ^ Jo and Laszlo's Wedding at
  9. ^ Christie's at
  10. ^ Fallen Angels at
  11. ^ Londoners! (first version) at
  12. ^ Londoners! (revised version) at
  13. ^ The Thames at
  14. ^ Exhibition record at the Wayback Machine (archived 12 May 2006), British Council. Accessed 11 January 2010. This does not specify the place(s) of exhibition, but the OPAC of the libraries of the Province of Prato lists a publication titled Il Regno Unito si diverte that specifies Milan. Accessed 2010-05-08.
  15. ^ a b c "The Other Britain Revisited: Photographs from New Society", Victoria and Albert Museum, 2010. Accessed 2 May 2010.
  16. ^ Patrick Ward, Stephen Daiter Gallery. Accessed 2 October 2010.
  17. ^ Grayson Perry, Unpopular Culture: Grayson Perry Selects from the Arts Council Collection (London: Hayward, 2008; ISBN 1-85332-267-9).
  18. ^ Acquisition of Architectural Press archive", RIBA, 13 January 2007. Accessed 2 October 2010.

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