Bill Snead

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Photographer to share tales of world travel

While Bruce Dale was shooting exclusively for National Geographic, he had more than 2,000 photographs published in its Society's books and magazines.

Faces of the fair

Beauty queens, hot dog eaters grace 'State Fair'

"State Fair" is a thoughtful, sometimes funny, consistently interesting collection of 103 black-and-white pictures taken at 10 state fairs. They include fairs in California, Texas, Minnesota and even Kansas.

National Geographic memories

From NASA to life's origins, writer left imprint on legendary magazine

Ken Weaver is a writer whose stories have gone as high as the moon, as far back as the very origins of mankind and all the way to the bottom of the world.

24/7: Photographers document week in life of state, nation

Nearly two years ago, Kentucky photographer Tom Hardin, a long time friend and editor of mine, called to say he'd contracted with a photo book project, "America 24/7." It would be similar to "A Day in the Life of America," but its content would be photographed over a week's time: May 12-18, 2003. "Day in the Life" was shot in 24 hours.

Yonder and back

J-W photographer Bill Snead traveled the world to snap the 50 years worth of photos in his retrospective exhibit

Legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee was talking about his autobiography, "A Good Life," which heralds his adventures as a reporter and editor way before and beyond Watergate.

'The Man Who Invented Himself'

Biography tells self-made story of photographer Robert Capa

Robert Capa's life story is a classic illustration of a man in charge of his own destiny. By placing himself in harm's way on a regular basis, he became the very best at photographing war, knowing full well that most combat photographers don't die in their sleep. He photographed the Spanish Civil War at 23, and in 1954 at age 40, Capa was killed by mortar fire in Vietnam, his fifth war.

Picturing history

Photographer known for capturing momentous occasions recognizes one in move to digital media

Dirck Halstead is one of those lucky guys who picked up a camera in high school, learned how it worked, then made it work for him for nearly 50 years as one of the country's premier photojournalists.

Photographer captures making of KU calendar

A long time ago, before Watergate even, a lot of us came into this business looking for the Hollywood version of a newsroom. The kind where the city editor yells across the newsroom telling a reporter to drop everything . . . head for a five-alarm fire . . . stop downstairs at Kelly's Bar and grab a photographer on the way. Editors hollered. They hollered things like "stop the presses" and "hold page one," or "get in my office." Many kept bottles of whiskey in their desk drawers for just such occasions. It soothed the throat between demands and commands.

Unexpected images

Camera fished from pond now takes surrealistic photos

By Bill Snead Farrell Eaves calls it his magic camera. It takes the darnedest pictures. Sometimes it creates pastel auras or adds symmetrical streaks the color of rainbows. Sometimes drips or blobs of color will magically appear that change a well-composed snapshot into art.

Civil War memories retold

Resident relives Quantrill's raid through family storytelling

By Bill Snead As a youngster, Henry Flory used to hear tales about Quantrill's raid from his grandmother, Suzanah Flory, and about the time she and her family watched in fear as noisy men on horseback set fire to their house and barn 8 miles south of Lawrence. Suzanah was 9 at the time. Now 92 years old, Flory, a lifelong Douglas County resident and retired farmer, recalled some of those stories that sprouted 138 years ago.

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