Developing a Vision (or, How Czech Surrealism Saved Me from Photojournalism)
A Washington DC native, Bill Crandall is one of the city’s leading documentary photographers and photo educators. He will present his work from home and abroad and discuss aspects of developing a personal vision. During his more than 20-year career as a freelancer his images appeared regularly in leading newspapers and magazines, though he now refers to himself as a ‘reformed photojournalist’. From a growing disillusion with the formulas of media photography, he embarked on several long-term personal documentary cycles, especially in Eastern Europe, many of which have been exhibited internationally. His debut photobook The Waiting Room - Photographs from Belarus, a ten-year project, won a top award in FotoweekDC’s 2012 International Photography Competition. Currently Bill is focused on several independent projects including his second book, a body of work that he calls ‘fairy tales’ from changing DC neighborhoods. He also teaches darkroom photography in Maret School’s nationally recognized art department.