“If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it’s already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.”
— Eve Arnold
“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”
— Annie Leibovitz
Bill was born and Maryland and moved to Memphis TN in the late 70’s and has worked as a professional photographer and digital artists for well over 35 years.
Bill started doing band photos, live events, model photography, weddings, school proms and even being that “hey, picture guy” at Frat Parties in the 80’s. Bill also started doing promotional posters and materials for many local Memphis festivals and events.
He added developing websites in the 90’s. During this time, Bill also developed the very first streaming “Memphis Only” artist radio station called Rebourne Radio that had international success. Also in 2002 started the Rebourne Network, a network of musician across the country before “MySpace” was created. He avidly worked with the then Memphis Music Commission to help bring live music back into venues in the early 2000’s. He additionally started “Rebourne Concerts” which was a series of outdoor music festivals around the Memphis and the midsouth. He created the first Memphis business promoting website called “SeeMemphis.com” that gave links to the new online Memphis community websites.
Bill worked as principle photographer for a local film company and produced commercials, music videos and instructional videos. He also produced a 1 hour local weekly program on the cable network.
Bill is also a musician. He is a drummer and recording artist, and was nominated for a best drummer in Memphis at the Annual Memphis Premiere Player Awards brought by the Memphis NARAS “Grammy Awards”Chapter. He became certified by the state of Tennessee to design and sell A/V systems for performing arts centers, churches and schools across the country as well as he began computer modeling acoustics of venues before they were created for architects to tweak the design. He also engineered sound for many nationally known bands.
Bill changed the way theatrical production photos in Memphis have been taken and made them more dynamic for promotional material and getting much more interest in the theatrical community. His “Circuit Studio” is in the top floor of the Circuit Playhouse on Cooper Street in Memphis TN which he uses for principal, portraiture and commercial photography. He continues today doing promotional artwork, posters and production photos for area theaters and production companies and producing websites for businesses and churches.
He also is a founding board member in an organization called Paint Memphis. Paint Memphis is the largest collaboration of artists in the state of Tennessee and each year they paint murals in abandoned and neglected areas of Memphis. He is also multimedia director with FindMemphis.com a photography-based website celebrating and promoting the goings-on of Memphis. Bill is also currently Resident Production Photographer and Graphic Designer for Circuit Playhouse, Inc.
Bill loves Memphis and is an avid cyclist, drinks entirely to much coffee and loves to urbex