An award-winning Washington Post photographer will be a professional in residence at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas University this spring.
Bill Snead, 55, will direct a documentary photojournalism class for the Lawrence Daily Journal-World, teach advanced photojournalism students at KU and conduct workshops for professional journalists during his semester-long stay. Snead's appointment is supported by a grant from the Journal-World.
"We are grateful to the Journal-World and, in particular, to the publisher, Dolph C. Simons Jr., for enabling us to bring Bill Snead here to work with our students and faculty next semester," Mike Kautsch, journalism dean, said. "Bill is known not only for his remarkable ability as a photojournalist but also for his infectious enthusiasm and talent for relating with people. We all are eager to have him with us."
SNEAD'S SEMESTER at KU will be a homecoming of sorts. He began his journalism career at age 17 as a helper in the Journal-World's photography department. He was born in Topeka, graduated from Lawrence High School and attended KU.
Last year, the White House News Photographers Assn. named Snead Photographer of the Year, and he was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in photography. Since 1955, he was won competitions sponsored by the National Press Photographers Assn., the University of Missouri and the Associated Press.
Snead has covered Super Bowls, national political conventions, elections and Eastern Europe. His photos have appeared in Time, Life, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Paris Match and Stern.
Additionally, Snead has lectured on photojournalism at universities and through workshops sponsored by Nikon and Kodak.
BESIDES working at the Journal-World, Snead was photography assistant for the Topeka Capital-Journal; director of photography for the Wilmington (Del.) News-Journal; bureau manager of United Press International in Saigon, Vietnam, and Chicago; and picture editor for National Geographic.
Snead joined the Post in 1972, where he was assistant managing editor for graphics and a member of the photography staff.
"My assignments at the Post have included everything from sports to food illustrations to the Capitol to New York fashions to international disasters to illustrating the day's weather," Snead said.