A DECORATED shutterbug has praised his Woking roots after being awarded a top honour by the Royal Photographic Society.
Tim Rudman was presented with the Fenton Medal for his outstanding contribution to photography, in particular his work with black and white film and handmade silver gelatin papers. Dr Rudman (below) is internationally renowned as a photographer-printer working with toning and lith printing, in which he is regarded as the leading authority.
His books on the subject are held largely responsible for their current popularity.
As a founding member and subsequent chairman of the Photographic Printing Panel, and a member of the Visual Art Panel, Dr Rudman has had a 30-year involvement with the society’s distinctions.
He is currently a member of the Fellowship Board, which assesses the work of up-and-coming photographers and awards them accordingly.
He is also a member and past chairman of both the London Salon of Photography and the Freestyle Advisory Board of Photographic Professionals, plus he is a fellow of the Royal Arts Society.
But a man of such credentials has to start somewhere, and it was at the Woking Photographic Society that he found his love for photography.
“Woking Photographic Society was my first introduction to the world of club photography,” explained Dr Rudman who has been a member of the borough’s society for 40 years.
“I learned a huge amount there from other, far more experienced, members who were always willing to share their knowledge.
“I also gained experience by getting involved with the club in the much larger county and nationwide federation of inter-club activities, where there is enormous enthusiasm and ability.”
For the last two decades, Dr Rudman has turned his hand to teaching, and has held regular darkroom workshops in Britain, Ireland, Spain, Canada, America and Australia.
His work is widely collected and represented in permanent and private collections around the world.
A talented writer, the man behind the lens boasts a catalogue of four bestselling books, with a fifth in progress, and has made telling contributions to countless others.
But it is hard for the multi-talented snapper to forget the humble base where it all began.
Dr Rudman added: “Although my own photography these days has taken me in other directions, I owe a great deal to Woking’s club – I still attend at Woking fairly frequently with my wife.”
The Fenton Medal was established in 1980 and named after Roger Fenton, one of the society’s original founding members.
Just a few medals are awarded each year, meaning picture perfect Dr Rudman is now a member of a very exclusive club.