PUBLISHED: 12:37 18 March 2011 | UPDATED: 20:40 20 February 2013



Forty years ago, a young David Wiltshire arrived in Warminster to open a photographic studio at 16 High Street next to the Athenaeum, above what was then Joanna's the children's clothes shop.

Forty years ago, a young David Wiltshire arrived in Warminster to open a photographic studio at 16 High Street next to the Athenaeum, above what was then Joannas the childrens clothes shop.

From those early days the business and photography has changed dramatically. Initially, photography was just black and white with everything produced in the traditional way, with enlargers, and developing and fixing being done in a darkroom in large dishes. Now the latest digital and computerised equipment is used, making the studio one of the very few in West Wiltshire producing their own work, along with offering design and printing services for the general public and other professional photographers from a wide area.

In 1977 the studio moved to its present building in George Street and was runner-up in the Civic Trust competition for the towns most improved building during Jubilee Year.

Warminster has proved to be a good central point and many assignments have been undertaken all over the United Kingdom: photographing industrial silos in Scotland, wall-cladding for Smiths Crisps in Peterleigh, food production in Plymouth and even agricultural machinery in Germany.

Work locally over the years, has included progress shots of the building of the Warminster and Codford by-passes and the construction of Center Parcs, requiring weekly visits and the production of many thousands of prints.

The changing face of photography has always made work exciting and a great many weddings have been photographed, each a very individual and personal event. Styles have changed over the years and many photographs are now posed in a more informal and relaxed style

Many members of the Royal family have been photographed over the years, including the Queen, and a private function with Price Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. The latest royal event, in November, was a reception hosted by the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace,

David Wiltshires early training was in Oxford with one of the countrys leading university and school photographers. This area of work has become an important part of the firms work with many sports, class and whole school groups and well as individual portraits being taken each year. They have also photographed school prospectuses for Kingdown Community School, Westfield Community College, Watford and Greenford High School, including their official opening by David Milliband.

The business is now run by Jon Edkins, the managing partner, who has worked for David Wiltshire Photography for over twenty years after moving from a major photographic company in Lemington Spa, with Matt Curtis, the firms technical expert who also undertakes portrait photography in his own imaginative and creative style.

David Wiltshire is still involved in school photography and is amazed that forty years have passed so quickly. Every day has been different, he says. Each assignment has presented a challenge but it always been interesting and over the years Ive had the opportunity of meeting so many interesting people and visiting unexpected places. Moving to Warminster and setting up a business here was the best decision Ive ever made.

To mark the fortieth anniversary, David Wiltshire Photography is offering the chance for anyone whose wedding has been photographed by them to come in and have an updated portrait sitting free of charge. As part of this "Then and Now" offer, we invite our customers to bring with them a copy of their photograph and we will during their new sitting, recreate the original to produce a fun and interesting direct comparison.


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