Washington, DC, USA
I am currently a student at American University's School of Communication majoring in broadcast journalism.
In June 2013 I wrapped up a 16-month tour in Afghanistan covering the ISAF-led hand over of security responsibilities to the Afghan National Security Forces in the country's volatile Helmand province.
Lately, my work has concentrated on the mental, physical and political cost of war through documentary photography, portraiture and video.
My photos have been published in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsweek magazine, Army Times, the Oregonian newspaper, Columbia Journalism Review, The New Republic magazine, NPR.org and digitaljournalist.org. His work has also appeared in Academy Award-nominated documentary "Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience."
I opened a 40-print solo exhibition of his Afghan work titled "Abu in Bermel: Faces of Battle" in February 2011 at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. That exhibition moved to Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pa., in April 2011. I have also been in group shows at Glen Echo Photo Works in Glen Echo, Md., and Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. In August 2013 I opened a 60-image solo exhibition at Healthy Rhythm Gallery in Fairfield, Texas. I am also a part of the Conflict Zone exhibition.
Before I became a freelance photojournalist and I served 11 years in the US Army. I deployed twice to Kosovo, to Washington, D.C., and finally Baghdad, Iraq. During those deployments I covered and helped plan media coverage of operations ranging from humanitarian events to combat missions.
My work can be seen at www.billputnamphoto.net and at http://vimeo.com/billputnamphoto. I’m also on Twitter and Instagram, @billputnamphoto, and on Facebook at Bill Putnam Photo.
(I might also be the last photographer to use Kodachrome in a war zone)
- Audio capture
- Video capture
- Video editing