A ‘nice’ photographer from Derbyshire is remembered at an exhibition of his work


When photographer and craftsman Ken Walters passed away in July 2020, aged 89, attendance at the funeral was restricted.

So her family made a commitment to plan an event where friends and family could come together to celebrate her remarkable life.

The result is an exhibition of woodwork and photographs by Ken, now held at St Mary’s Church in Wirksworth.

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Born in Derby in 1931, Ken taught woodworking at Pear Tree School in Derby and Hopwell Hall School in Risley.

After his retirement he attended craft fairs in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, and in 1990 he spent a month at the Osnabrück Craft Center.

But it was photography that was his passion.

A member of the Derby Photographic Society from the age of 16 until his death, he was its president four times and a regular contributor to the Bygones supplement of the Derby Telegraph.

He was patiently supported by Nora, his wife of 60 years, who decorated several of his crafts, and eventually began to photograph herself.

The exhibit, which was developed by his daughter, Olwen Wilson, and son, Matthew Walters, showcases Ken’s considerable skills.

His photographs reflect the development of techniques over the years, from black-and-white and darkroom-printed Cibachrome photographs, to digital images, as well as the exacting standards of club photography and its wide range of interests.

Most of the photographs chosen for the exhibition had been selected for the annual exhibitions of the North-East Midlands Photographic Federation.

Olwen Wilson said: “We’ve had some lovely comments in the commentary book before, such as, ‘He was such a warm, sweet and kind man, and it shines through the photos and the way he saw the world.

“Thank you for sharing them with all of us. “

The exhibit, which is supported by Wirksworth Team Ministry, can be viewed during church hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., until Saturday, October 30.

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