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Behind the Photo: Bill Clark

Bill Clark
Bill Clark

Photo Editor Bill Clark’s career in photojournalism began in the late 1980s, when he started as a photo researcher for US News & World Report. His first staff photographer job was at the Marietta Daily Journal. He then moved to the Augusta Chronicle in Georgia and soon became the chief photographer at the Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va. He has been covering Washington, D.C., since 2000 and he has been a Roll Call staff member since 2006. The National Press Photographers Association, White House News Photographers Association, Virginia News Photographers Association and Pictures of the Year International have given Bill numerous awards for his photography.

In the second installment of our series, “Behind the Photo,” Clark talks about his editorial judgment on when and where he takes photos. Clark describes how he can catch congressmen outside of planned appearances by being strategically placed on the Hill.  

In talking about his work at Roll Call, Clark says that the photography team has been allowed to “step back” and cover the Hill “as a community.”  

“We can take a lot of chances,” Clark says.  

Watch Bill Clark discuss his editorial judgment and what he does when a congressman stumbling down the steps is caught on camera.  

Clark also talked about his award-winning work at the Newseum in 2012. As a winner in the 2012 White House News Photographers Association’s “Eyes of History” contest, Clark talked about how he captured some amazing moments covering the news that year. He was joined by Washington Post’s Nikki Kahn.  

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