Bill is based in the Washington, D.C.-area, pursuing a bachelor's and master's degree in journalism at American University's School of Communication.
In June 2013 he wrapped up a 16-month tour in Afghanistan covering the ISAF-led hand over of security responsibilities to the Afghan National Security Forces in the county's volatile Helmand province.
Lately, his work has concentrated on the mental, physical and political cost of war through documentary photography, portraiture and video.
Bill's work has been published in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsweek magazine, Army Times, the Oregonian newspaper, Columbia Journalism Review, The New Republic magazine, NPR.org and digitaljournalist.org. His work has also appeared in Academy Award-nominated documentary "Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience."
He opened a 40-print solo exhibition of his Afghan work titled "Abu in Bermel: Faces of Battle" in February 2011 at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. That exhibition moved to Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pa., in April 2011. He has also been in group shows at Glen Echo Photo Works in Glen Echo, Md., and Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. In August 2013 he opened a 60-image solo exhibition at Healthy Rhythm Gallery in Fairfield, Texas.
He is part of the Conflict Zone exhibition.
His work can be seen at billputnam.net. He's also on Twitter and Instagram, @billputnamphoto, and on Facebook at Bill Putnam Photography.
(He might also be the last photographer to use Kodachrome in a war zone)