About Bill Gillette

Bill Gillette’s photojournalism assignments took him around the world, from the Middle East to the Philippines, from Central America, to Russia, India, and all across the Western United Sates. Over the years, Bill’s photo and print stories were published in some of the nation’s most prominent magazines including Time, Newsweek, National Geographic traveler, Business Week and many other publications. His multimedia work ranged from audio visual programs on politics to educational productions focused on energy and natural resources. The photos he took as part of the EPA’s Documerica program had a great impact on legislation that helped to reduce the rampant pollution of the 1970s. Those important images are now part of the Smithsonian’s permanent collection, with others housed in the US National Archives. Time Magazine ran Bill’s image of a house being carried away by a Mississippi River flood as the ‘Image of the Year.’

Bill’s later photo work focused on conservation and land preservation, as well as the use of alternate energy sources. The Leopold Foundation, The Trust for Public Land, and The Colorado Cattlemen’s Trust were among his conservation clients.

To learn more about the Documerica program, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Documerica

To see more of Bill’s work for Documerica, see: “Searching for the Seventies”: https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/AQfyFcoI


“DOCUMERICA: Images of America in Crisis in the 1970s”: https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2011/11/documerica-images-of-america-in-crisis-in-the-1970s/100190/

Bill's Recent Publications

A Passion for Ranching: Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley Heritage, 2006 — Features the ranching and natural heritage of Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley beneath the towering Sangre de Cristo Range. This collection of stunning photographs captures the modern legacy of the Wet Mountain Valley, documenting the ranching families that continue to keep alive a way of life that is integral not only to Colorado's history, but to its present and future.

Unsung Heroes: Volunteer Firefighters: New Challenges for an Old Tradition, 2010 — On scene photography from wildfires to demanding physical training gives you a unique insight to your neighbor the firefighter.

The Living Landscape: Seasons Under the Sangres, 2014 — Features great photography of one of Colorado's least know mountain areas, the Sangre de Cristo Range. The images look at the area through four seasons and move from macro photography to aerial photography.

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