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Behind the Photo: Bill Clark's Favorite Photos

Click on photo to enlarge. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In this installment of our “Behind the Photo” series, photographer Bill Clark discusses his favorite photos he’s taken over years on Capitol Hill and on the road.  

Clark describes the award-winning photo he took in Las Vegas while waiting for a Harry Reid rally to start. "Michelle Obama was coming to campaign for Harry Reid and she was running a few hours late." Everyone, including journalists who came to cover the event had "nothing to do," he said. Clark spotted a few women posing with a TIME magazine cover with the first lady on the cover. "I just started taking pictures trying to amuse myself waiting for the main event to happen," Clark said.  

Photos of the Week: May 12-16

U.S. Capitol police chief Kim Dine participates in the Inaugural U.S. Capitol Police Memorial Service on Monday, May 12, 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)


This week was all about Police Week, the reopening of the Washington Monument and the Senate. It seems our friends on the south side of the Capitol needed a week away from Washington. Didn't they just have a two-week recess a few weeks ago? Regardless, CQ Roll Call photographers were here to bring you the news from around the Capitol.  

Photos of the Week: May 5

Senate chaplain Barry Black considers his next move during the Chess Challenge on the Hill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)


Each week our award winning photojournalists Tom Williams and Bill Clark take hundreds of shots around the Capitol. A select group of those are filed into our archive. Few from that group make it into our paper and on to the website. Each week, we choose photos that may not have made it through the process and present them as our photos of the week. You may find some news you missed from around the Hill. Luckily, Roll Call was there to capture the moments for you.  

Bill Clark: Memories from Marietta

(Kyle Trygstad/CQ Roll Call)

Every two years, Roll Call photographers hit the road to see what we call the "real world." Over the Easter recess, we kicked off our 2014 campaign travels with Tom Williams in Kentucky and West Virginia, and myself hitting the familiar confines of Georgia with Associate Politics Editor Kyle Trygstad . And wouldn't you know that our first stop in Georgia was the Cobb County Commission meeting room in downtown Marietta, which just so happened to be the city where I got my start as a newspaper photographer over 20 years ago.  

Entering the room for a GOP Senate candidate forum, I had a flood of memories from my days at the Marietta Daily Journal. The early-mid '90s was a very exciting time in that county just north of downtown Atlanta. As Atlanta was just starting to gear up for the 1996 summer Olympics, the Cobb County Commission passed an anti-gay resolution, which led to large protests (by Marietta standards anyway) and eventually to the Olympics pulling official venues out of the county. The meeting room seemed like it hasn't changed a bit form those days, with the exception of a some red, white and blue bunting placed there for the candidates forum.  

Behind the Photo: Bill Clark

Bill Clark

Photo Editor Bill Clark’s career in photojournalism began in the late 1980s, when he started as a photo researcher for US News & World Report. His first staff photographer job was at the Marietta Daily Journal. He then moved to the Augusta Chronicle in Georgia and soon became the chief photographer at the Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va. He has been covering Washington, D.C., since 2000 and he has been a Roll Call staff member since 2006. The National Press Photographers Association, White House News Photographers Association, Virginia News Photographers Association and Pictures of the Year International have given Bill numerous awards for his photography.

In the second installment of our series, "Behind the Photo," Clark talks about his editorial judgment on when and where he takes photos. Clark describes how he can catch congressmen outside of planned appearances by being strategically placed on the Hill.