Bill Crandall

Bill first learned photography from his father, developing his abilities in the basement darkroom of their home outside Washington DC. After studying photography at university and inspired by Josef Koudelka, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Marc Riboud, Bill began as a newspaper photojournalist in 1992. As a press freelancer in the late 1990's, tired of media formulas, he resolved to renew his personal vision through a more intuitive, long-term method. This led to travels throughout eastern Europe and the Balkans to observe social changes in the region. He has worked regularly for the Washington Post, SIPA Press, and many others. Bill is also a contract photographer with Bilderberg agency  (Hamburg), and former photo director of Balkan Times news website.
Grants/awards: US Embassy cultural grant, Belarus (2003) :: ArtsLink grant for US-Czech-Belarus project in Belarus (2001) :: 1st place, National Press Photographers award, Baltimore photo  series (1999).

Americana - documentary cycle from 1998-2004. Observations of a peculiar country, good in many ways but never able to shed the pioneer loneliness and emptiness well expressed by Edward Hopper, Robert Frank, and plenty of others. The usual emphasis on bizarre extremes often overlooks the quieter essence of American society.
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