Bill Bamberger’s work explores large cultural and social issues of our time: the demise of the American factory, housing in America, adolescents coming of age in an inner-city high school.
His first book, Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory (DoubleTake/Norton, 1998), won the Mayflower Prize in Non-Fiction and was a semi-finalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. His photographs have appeared in Aperture, Doubletake, Harper’s, the Washington Post Magazine, Fortune, and the New York Times Magazine.
He has appeared as a featured guest on CBS Sunday Morning, CSPAN's About Books, All Things Considered with Noah Adams, and North Carolina People with William Friday.
He has had one-person exhibitions at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, the North Carolina Museum of Art and the National Building Museum. A trademark of Bamberger’s exhibitions is that they are first shown in the community where he has chosen to photograph, prior to their museum exhibition.
Bamberger lives in Durham, North Carolina and is represented by Ann Stewart Fine Art. He teaches at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.
His new book, HOOP, with an introduction by Richard B. Woodward, is forthcoming from George F. Thompson Publishing in collaboration with Hurley Media.