William R. West Jr. was born in St. Louis Missouri on January 3, 1951. Attending
College at Elon University in North Carolina, he received a bachelor's of art degree in
1973. At the age of 15, his father gave him an Argus C3 Range Finder Camera. The
first images consisted of birds at the jersey shore, and pictures of his girlfriend. He
gained photo experience in college, and vocational technical school, in the mid 70's.
Pictures of forest fires impressed his local teacher, and inspired him to continue his
photography career. The pictures were run in the Atlantic City Press, and led to a staff
photography job. He worked there from 1977-1978. His career led to the Sun
newspaper, a twice a week publication, from 1979-1980. During the early 80's, he
worked as a Stringer Photographer, for UPI international wire services. After 1985 he
began shooting fine art film photography, in 35mm and 2 1/4 format. Currently his
work is predominantly digital based.