Buy the book JJ Waller's Brighton Volume 1 published by Curious.
A pioneering Covent Garden street entertainer and stand up comedy performer, Waller toured festivals and comedy clubs world wide, winning numerous plaudits which included a Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival for the show Mad Pookie 2.
Parallel to this touring, Waller along with Mick Perrin and Luke Cresswell devised and produced a number of large-scale outdoor events for Heineken. Using a canvas as diverse as floating pontoons on Glasgow’s River Clyde and latterly oil-rigs on Brighton beach. The earlier of these events were the forerunners to the creation of the musical Stomp.
Waller has famously directed numerous theatre events including Hamlet the Panto, starred in the Game Game Show Directed by Perrin and toured alongside the late Malcolm Hardee’s The Greatest Show on Legs. Waller was a familiar face on the British and international comedy circuits. All this before finally joining the legendry anarchic French Circus Archaos.
Despite never having been given a Box Brownie as a child his interest in photography took pole position when he commenced an Editorial Photography Degree under the inspirational tutelage of Magnum photographer Mark Power. At this time he was shortlisted for an AA Travel Award and was a winner of the Thames & Hudson Student Photographer Prize. On leaving University Waller completed a 12 month period as Artist in Residence at Gatwick Airport sponsored by the BAA. He then toured the world as assistant to photographer Paul Lowe, at the time also with the Magnum agency. Waller subsequently spent a number of years as a photography producer in the advertising industry, working on many award-winning campaigns in both the US and the UK. Waller largely produced all aspects of these adverts including castings and locations for leading British photographers agent Wyatt–Clarke-Jones.
In recent years Waller has been concentrating primarily on his own editorial and commercial photography, teaching photography practice and writing. Waller is a visiting lecturer & steering group member for The QueensPark Books Brighton Photography Collection.
Waller is collaborating once again with leading comedy producer Mick Perrin on a variety of photographic and filming assignments for stand up comics. These include Eddie Izzard, Bill Bailey, Paul Merton, Tony Robinson, Julian Clary, Nina Conti, Reginald D Hunter and Dylan Moran.
Waller is currently working on a number of long-term personal photographic projects including ‘The Adventures Of Martin’ a series of satirical comedy images integrating human figures with billboards surrounding new housing developments.
Waller commenced a major body of work in May 2007 documenting the re-generation of St Leonards on Sea a small resort on the english south coast. This work continues to evolve and is now in it's sixth year.
The Bohemians a series of portraits of people living and working in the area of St Leonards named Bohemia is a chapter within this larger body of work.
Waller is currently working with a local community group in St leonards to create a body of work entitled New Migrant Stories.
Waller also commenced in summer 2011 a personal project featuring the port town of Newhaven this is still ongoing. A recent chapter in this work bizarrely featured the unveiling of a statue of Ho Chi Minh.
His images regularly appear in print and online publications, billboards, books, tour posters and programmes.
In 2012 Waller began collaborating with writer Nione Meakin. Together they have produced features and covers for the Independent Magazine.
Waller's first solo book project JJ Waller’s Brighton Volume 1 is published by Curious-publishing.co.uk The success of this publication has meant planning for Volume 2 is already underway( Nov 2014).
BBC News filmed a profile feature about Vol 1
He recently commissioned Angie Thomas to collaborate in the making of a trailer for vol 02
He is also currently planning a crowd funding campaign to publish the St Leonards On Sea work. He is beginning to show this work publicly for the very first time.
He was recently interviewed by HOT the Hastings Online Times for a feature due out in November 2013.
Waller has an extensive and unique archive of Brighton pictures this is constantly being updated.