Two Views in Documentary Photography
Billy Weeks Photojournalist
The still photograph is often considered the strongest communication element in the world and certainly documentary images have and do prompt social change. Poverty, hunger, child labor, war, and many other concerns are often addressed by photojournalists, sometimes at great personal risk. Documentary photographer Billy Weeks will explore the moment where photographer and subject intersect with a single point of view. This common ground between the photographer and subject gives the image the power to provoke change, a common ground that can only be reached by the history embedded in both.
Billy Weeks started with The Chattanooga Times in 1984 as a staff photographer, rising to Director of Photography/Graphics in 1999. In 2010, Weeks became an independent documentary photographer. As a photojournalist, Weeks has covered assignments that range from the World Series to small villages in Central America and Asia. His photographs of poverty in Honduras won an Award of Excellence for editorial photography in the Communication Arts Photography Annual. He has won the Gordon Parks International Photography award twice and was awarded the Freedom of Information Award from the Associated Press. His photographs on baseball in the Dominican Republic and Central America were featured CNN and Photography District News.