Darryl Williams studied law at Cambridge University graduating in 1967. His first job was as a journalist working for the World Trade Gazette, then as a Marketing Analyst for J. Walter Thompson and from there he became a freelance photographer. His work was regularly reproduced in national newspapers and magazines including the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Express
Always with a keen interest in the arts Darryl covered productions at the Riverside Studios and, after a meeting with, and an invitation from Peter Hall, the Royal Opera House.
Unusually for that time all Darryl’s photographic work was in colour. Taken in the theatres’ low light, the quality from the 35 mm transparencies was such that it enabled the printing of full-size posters. These were regularly used on London’s underground to advertise the Royal Ballet and Sadler’s Wells productions.
Darryl set up The Dance Library in the mid 1970s. The archive includes extensive coverage of the Royal Ballet and Sadlers Wells productions (including many overseas ballet companies) during the 1980s to the beginning of the 1990s. In addition there is a wide variety of modern dance including swing, jazz, disco and flamenco.