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BILL DEWEY, Photographer

William B. Dewey: 

Photographer, Artist, Explorer

See his website

A few years ago, a woman came into my office and, upon seeing a Bill Dewey photograph on the wall, mentioned she’d gone to high school with him. I asked, “Tell me, what was he like?” She said, “He was the smartest person in the school.” I said, “Are we talking about the same person?”

For all the years I’d known Bill, it had not occurred to me to ask him the big questions. Our conversations revolved mostly around photographic projects. Next time, I’ll casually slip into the conversation, “Say, Bill, tell me about … neutrinos,” and see what he comes up with.

Bill’s website provides a preview of his voluminous production and stamina, but what you see there is only a slice. For example, his architectural surveys, a vast collection of documentary photography, available for anyone to view on the Library of Congress Photographs Website—these photo-documentations are amazing. One needs to appreciate his truly athletic adventures as photographer-as-explorer. Bridges in canyons, photographed from beneath the structures—in California canyon country laced with poison oak, home for rattlesnakes and tarantulas, with footing challenged by loose boulders, this is no small feat.

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VIEW OF ARCH RIBS and chamfered piers of the Cottonwood Creek Bridge, Madera, California. Photo: Bill Dewey.

Hidden within the pages of the Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey website, lays Bill’s quiet portfolio of beauties, patiently photographed, mercifully absent of the modern era.

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VIEW OF STAIRWELL, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California. 1998. Photo: Bill Dewey.

Like Tom Dibblee, Santa Barbara geologist who walked the state of California, Bill is an explorer too. He has walked the eight California Channel Islands. And he’s in the company of Julius Shulman, modernist architectural photographer, and contemporary photographer, Peter Essick. Bill’s work has graced covers and pages of Garden Design Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Sunset Magazine, and Photographer’s Forum. You may see more of his architectural photos on the website for the late architect Paul Revere Williams, managed by the Art Museum of The University of Memphis.

I have yet to talk to Bill about particle physics. Somehow, when I run into him, the subject doesn’t come up. But one day, maybe he will explain his theory-of-everything to me. Just you bet he’ll say, “Peg, what are you talkin’ about? A picture is worth a thousand words.”

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REFERENCE:

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VIEW OF ARCH RIBS and chamfered piers of the Cottonwood Creek Bridge, Madera, California. 2003. Photo: Bill Dewey. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ca3308.photos.194773p/

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VIEW OF NEPTUNE’S LOCKER, Huntington Beach Municipal Pier, Huntington Beach, California. 1989. Photo: Bill Dewey. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ca1561.photos.014144p/

DETAIL VIEW OF FLUTED BUTTRESSES AND PARAPET, NORTHWEST SIDE OF CAPTAIN'S GALLEY, Huntington Beach Municipal Pier, Pacific Coast Highway at Main Street, Huntington Beach, California. 1989. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.   http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ca1561.photos.014137p

DETAIL VIEW OF FLUTED BUTTRESSES AND PARAPET, NORTHWEST SIDE OF CAPTAIN’S GALLEY, Huntington Beach Municipal Pier, Pacific Coast Highway at Main Street, Huntington Beach, California. 1989. Photo: Bill Dewey. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ca1561.photos.014137p

DETAIL OF MAIN ENTRANCE, Golden Gate International Exposition, Palace of Fine and Decorative Arts & Annex, Treasure Island, San Francisco, California.  2003.  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.  http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ca3381.photos.225438p/

DETAIL OF MAIN ENTRANCE, Golden Gate International Exposition, Palace of Fine and Decorative Arts & Annex, Treasure Island, San Francisco, California. 2003. Photo: Bill Dewey. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ca3381.photos.225438p/

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DETAIL OF MAIN ENTRANCE, Golden Gate International Exposition, Palace of Fine and Decorative Arts & Annex, Treasure Island, San Francisco, California. 2003. Photo: Bill Dewey. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. Photo: Bill Dewey. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ca3381.photos.225438p/

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VIEW OF STAIRWELL, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Solano County, California. 1998. Photo: Bill Dewey. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ca2490.photos.325773p/
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INTERIOR VIEW OF CENTRAL HALL, Naval Training Station, Senior Officers’ Quarters District, Naval Station Treasure Island, Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco, California. 2003. Photo: Bill Dewey. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ca3371.photos.225288p/

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OBLIQUE VIEW of the east and north side, Naval Training Station, Quarters No. 10, Naval Station Treasure Island, Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco, California. 2003. Photo: Bill Dewey. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ca3378.photos.225313p/

OBLIQUE VIEW OF INTAKE PIER AND ACCESS BRIDGE, Sacramento River Water Treatment Plant

OBLIQUE VIEW OF INTAKE PIER AND ACCESS BRIDGE, FROM THE EASTERN LEVEE, Sacramento River Water Treatment Plant Intake Pier & Access Bridge, Spanning Sacramento River, California. 2003. Photo: Bill Dewey. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ca3307.photos.194753p/
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