WHO'S WALLER

A pioneering Covent Garden street entertainer and comedy performer, Waller toured festivals and comedy clubs world wide, winning numerous plaudits which included a Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival with 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 fore-runners to the creation of the musical Stomp.

Waller 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 and photographer Jim Cooke. 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. Waller was a steering group member in the creation of The QueensPark Books Brighton Photography Collection.

Waller also collaborated 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. JJ Waller's
St Leonards on Sea was published by curious - publishing and was Waterstones Hasting's biggest selling Christmas book of 2015. His St Leonards work was produced as wallpaper in a collaboration with artist Deborah Bowness. This work can be seen on permanent exhibition at The Saint Leonard.

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. This work was exhibited as an installation at the Bohemia club in 2016.

Waller also commenced in summer 2011 a personal project featuring the sea port town of Newhaven. This is currently ongoing.

Waller has completed a commission from Whitehawk F.C. Brighton's other football club to document their first season playing in the highest league (Conference South) in there 45 year history. An exciting season culminated in Whitehawk F.C. staying up with the last kick of the last game of the season. five years on he now continues to support and photograph the club.

His images regularly appear internationally in print and online publications, billboards, books,tour posters and programmes.

Waller has been collaborating on editorial projects with writer Nione Meakin. Together they have produced features and covers for national magazines.

Waller's first solo book project JJ Waller’s Brighton Volume 1 was published by Curious-publishing.co.uk further publications now include:

JJ Waller's Brighton vol 01
JJ Waller's Brighton vol 02
JJ Waller's St Leonards on Sea
JJ Waller's Blackpool
JJ Waller's Brighton & Hove Albion
JJ Waller's Brighton vol 03 Available October 2017

All titles available through this web site or at Waterstone's Booksellers nation wide.


JJ Waller is currently working on a new publishing project with curious-publishing a seventh title JJ Waller's Benidorm. A third volume of the JJ Waller's Brighton series was published in November 2017

He has been a regular contributor to Viva magazine since 2014, he has a monthly page devoted to his work.

JJ Waller's Brighton & Hove Albion is available now via this website (books) or at Waterstones and all good bookshops


limited signed edition prints are available. Email for further information office@jjwaller.com


To call Waller 07913175139

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