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Bill Clark has been a staff photographer with Roll Call since 2006 and has been covering Washington since 2000. His career in photojournalism began in 1987 as a photo researcher for US News & World Report soon after graduating from the University of Maryland
űwith a degree in Government and Politics.
His first daily newspaper staff photographer position was at the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal in the mid-90s, where he covered the rise of local Rep. Newt Gingrich to Speaker of the House. Bill also served as a staff űphotographer for the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle and chief photographer for the Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va., before moving back to Washington for a stint as contributing photographer for Roll Call in 2000.
He went on to shoot for the UPI, Scripps Howard News Service and Gannett News Service bureaus in Washington before returning to Roll Call in 2006. Bill has received numerous awards for his photography from the Virginia News Photographers Association, National Press Photographers Association, White House News Photographers Association and Pictures of the Year International.
I am not a morning person. It’s 5 a.m., my alarm is blaring at some random interstate-exit hotel near Montgomery, Ala., and all I want to do is go back to sleep. But I really want to get some beauty shots of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the town of Selma bathed in sunrise light for our coverage of the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.”
In our 2014 Feature Photos of the Year, we bring you a look at some of our favorite moments of the past year — many in a lighthearted fashion.
This year was a big one in political news — and that is reflected in our 2014 News Photos of the Year. More than half of our best photos of the year are a result of Roll Call’s dedication to sending journalists on the road to see congressional campaigns on the ground.
Now that we’ve all had time to fully digest the midterm elections, and I’ve had time to get back to a regular diet after a week on the road in Arkansas and Louisiana, let’s talk food on the road.
Have you ever wished you could put Congress on fast forward? You can now, with the help of the Hyperlapse app from Instagram that’s now available for iPhone. (Sorry droids, you are going to have to wait.)
I set my alarm to 6 a.m. the night before so I could get some pretty sunrise photos.
My alarm goes off at 3:30 a.m. to give me enough for a quick shower, a shot of caffeine and a ride via Uber to National Airport for my 6 a.m. flight to Las Vegas via Atlanta. I get to the airport and guess what? The TSA lanes aren’t even open. I could have slept another 30 minutes.
The first of the three 2014 “supermoons” will rise over the U.S. Capitol Saturday evening, providing a great opportunity to shoot some stunning photographs. And Roll Call wants to see your photos! So grab your camera and tripod, shoot some photos of the supermoon with the Capitol Dome (or other D.C. landmark) in the frame, and tweet your results to @CapitolLens. If we like what we see, we might even request to publish your photo in the paper.
When Independence Day rolls around in an election year, the Roll Call photojournalists head out to small towns in contested districts across the country to catch candidates and beauty queens marching in their local parades. This year I found myself at the Ripley, W.Va., Fourth of July parade billed as “The USA’s Largest Small Town Independence Day Celebration.”
When Independence Day rolls around in an election year, it means the Roll Call photojournalists head out to small towns in contested districts across the country to catch candidates and beauty queens marching in their local parades. This year I found myself at the Ripley, W.Va., Fourth of July parade billed as "the USA's Largest Small Town Independence Day Celebration."
This is a collection of every frame I shot of the parade, most which never get filed or shown publicly. The music is a recording I captured on my iPhone of local musicians hanging out under a tree. Leo Enoch was on guitar and Leonard Whiting was on banjo.
Have a look for yourself as Roll Call presents 623 photos of the parade in 69 seconds.
The Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game can be a real challenge for a political photographer like me. Although I used to be a really good sports photographer — having covered every level of competition from tee ball to the Olympics in my days working for daily newspapers — one gets a bit rusty shooting slow-moving lawmakers around the Capitol full time.
Roll Call has been privileged to document many funerals and special occasions on the grounds of Arlington Cemetery through the years. This has allowed our photographers to capture some of the most human and vulnerable moments in our nation’s history. In honor of of Memorial Day, we’re taking a look into our archives and sharing a moving photo essay by former Roll Call photographer Chris Maddaloni. Maddaloni completed a photo essay in 2010 of mementos left on the grounds at Arlington. It shows different and very personal way that families and friends mourn their loved ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the country.
Sometimes it can be pretty difficult to pick just one photo to highlight as your favorite photo of the week. Out of last week’s photos it’s close call between the “Greg Heads” in Charlotte and Rep. Issa watching the giant chess game in the Rayburn building. I am going with the “Greg Heads.”
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.
Getting bored on your snow day? Check out the top photos from last week, Feb. 24-28.
Enjoy the below slideshow that documents memorable moments from the 2014 State of the Union captured by CQ Roll Call photographers Bill Clark and Tom Williams.
Check out some of the best moments from previous State of the Union addresses captured by CQ Roll Call photographers.
On the morning the super committee was supposed to reach a deal by, a line of dark storm clouds approached Capitol Hill.