ATL Photo Night: William A. Bridges Jr.

William A. Bridges Jr. will be taking us through his photographic journey in his talk, "Black and White to Color and Digital: The Visual Odyssey of A Photojournalist," for ATL Photo Night this month.

In his 28 years as a staff photojournalist with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, W.A. (as he's better known) has helped illustrate some of the most important stories of the Southeast and the world. W.A., who was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and spent time in Frankfurt Germany as a military brat, graduated in the class of 1967 from Niagara Falls High. After a stint as a tobacco worker at Philip Morris, he came to Atlanta in 1975, where he earned a degree in photography from The Art Institute of Atlanta.

After working as a darkroom technician for the Baptist Home Mission Board, where he learned from Don Rutledge, Nolan Benefield and Paul Obregon, W.A was hired by the AJC in 1980. Some of his coverages included the Rodney King Riots, Atlanta's missing and murdered, the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, cotton farming in Mali West Africa and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. W.A.'s work has received numerous awards, from organizations such as The Associated Press, UPI, and the National Association of Black Journalists. He was a Cox Photographer of the Year and was a Pulitzer nominee for his Nelson Mandela release photo.

ATL Photo Night investigates the creative process through conversation. We host free monthly talks by local photographers and visual artists.