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, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. 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 was a Morehead-Cain Scholar at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently teaches at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.
His Hoop project recently showed at the Nasher Musuem of Art at Duke University. A comprehensive selection of the photographs will open at the National Building Museum in March of 2019.