About Me

quickie bio.... born and raised in nyc, child of the late swinging 60’s, catholic school, aviation high school, electrical engineering, discovers photography, turns 18 goes to paris for the summer, parsons school of design, backpacks europe, assists for a while, starts out on his own, loves photography, circumnavigates the globe a few times, japan, brazil, afghanistan, south africa, meets many new people along the way, art, editorial, commercial, advertising, computers, loves b&w film, digital, misses black and white polaroid, still old fashioned sometimes, and has the best job in the world.

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Fifth stop...Milwaukee, and Chicago

Whirlwind tour of some of the Midwest photographing people, places, and things for a corporate citizenship report. January is not the best time for great weather, unless you like it cold, and wet.  First Chicago, Milwaukee, Sturgis Michigan, then back to Chicago. As usual I spend more time running than anything else. That's where the challenge is getting there on time, getting the shot, leaving people with a positive experience, and of course staying on budget.

Next stop....(stop 6 and 7) Geneva, Farsoe and Copenhagen Denmark, Sao Paulo and Rio Brazil.  All this in about 2 weeks. By the way the photo was the only sunny day while I was there, of course the day I was leaving.

Experiences....cold, wet, snow, freezing fog, eighties music radio station, nice people, great museums, lots of driving.


Dennis Brutus 1924 – 2009

A few years ago I had the distinct pleasure photographing Dennis Brutus, South African poet, anti-apartheid fighter, human-rights activist, and just a all around cool guy. Probably one of the most interesting people I have ever photographed. Not to mention I shot it large format, and on Polaroid...man I miss Polaroid, and the world is going to miss a truly great man who sacrificed much for his beliefs. I am glad I got my few moments with him.

Memorial is Sunday, January 17, 2010
2pm at The Brecht Forum
451 West Street, between Bank and Bethune Streets, NYC.
click for directions.


Haiti in crisis

Meet Isabelle who lives somewhere near Cange, Haiti. We met 3 weeks ago when I was in Haiti working on a project. We chatted a little in my very limited French/Creole which she found quite funny, and found her to be a very sweet girl with a sense of humor. I really hope she, and her family are OK.

Lets band together to help her people, and her country. Haiti is a very special place with special people.

I have personally worked with, and seen the results of these two organizations. They are a very dedicated group of people working in great organizations that use your donations to maximum effect. Please donate, and tell your friends, family members, co-workers, everyone!

Partners in Health The PIH Vision: Whatever it takes
At its root, our mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. When a person in Peru, or Siberia, or rural Haiti falls ill, PIH uses all of the means at our disposal to make them well—from pressuring drug manufacturers, to lobbying policy makers, to providing medical care and social services. Whatever it takes. Just as we would do if a member of our own family—or we ourselves—were ill.

Direct Relief Policy Regarding Donations for Haiti
Because of the intense attention and the outpouring of generosity we have seen in response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti, we believe it is important to note that 100% of every dollar that is designated for the Haiti earthquake will be used only to pay programmatic expenses related to assisting people in Haiti.



Fouth stop.....Casa Grande, Arizona

It's been a while since I have been to this part of the U.S. it is certainly beautiful. Everywhere you look its like a Spaghetti Western movie set. Here is a view of the landscape I saw on my way driving down from Pheonix. I am Photographing a "Project Wet program" in Casa Grande, and a formula production line for a Corporate Citizenship report.


Third stop......Haiti

Doing it all in Haiti, photographing at a peanut farm, childrens clinic, woman's health clinic, childrens nutrician food production, with great people, lots of sun, and good food. I can't show the images that my client might use, but I can show a bit of what I saw getting to those places.

view from my window in Port-au-Prince

Convoying up to Cental Plateau, Haiti

view of mountains on way to central Plateau, Haiti

Peanut farm in Central Plateau, Haiti

view of mountains on way to central Plateau, Haiti


Second stop.....Singapore

Land of outdoor 24 hour Starbucks, tropical weather, the Las Vegas of shopping any and every brand you can imagine is available, multicultural, religious tolerence, cleanliness like Disneyland, land of goverment campaigns promoting politeness to others. Very much a utopia, maybe a bit of big brother is watching though. It is a very interesting, and fun place to go.  A little something to be aware of though when traveling there......next stop Haiti!

A bit of the skyline

24 hour starbucks

a bit of the shopping

view from my breakfast table...cool

what not to do.

3rd stop coming up Haiti!


First stop....Shanghai

This shot is from the roof of a 1930's era building on the Bund in Shanghai.  Actually from a place called the "Glamour Bar". Don't let the cheesy name fool you. This is a classy place, with great Art Deco interior. I shot this a week ago, but I could not update my blog from China...certain kinds of sites are blocked in the great firewall of China. In Singapore now so I can do a small update. Starting a project that involves a lot of travel for the next few months. This is the first stop of many trips.  I will post some China images in the next update.


The motorbike, and its not a motorcycle.

Earlier this year I did a lot of traveling for a project. I was doing documentry photography of some NGO programs in Vietnam. Vietnam is a great place by the way. I was there to document an Avian flu prevention program run by by CARE for poultry farmers near HCMC. The farmers involvement is very important because they are the front line to preventing the spread of the disease in their flocks as well as the popoulation at large.

One of the primary means of transport in Vietnam is the motorbike. There are millions of them, literally. It's cheap, and can go almost anywhere. Here is a short movie of an encounter I had with one in Vietnam in getting to the farms.

Please help CARE in their work. They are a worthy organization. I have seen some of the amazing things that they do.


vietnam motorbike trip from william vazquez on Vimeo.

video from the back of a motorbike in rural vietnam.



The scrum.

Ok I am not a spot news photographer, but when a client calls, and says "hey can you go to the Clinton Foundation to photograph Bill making an announcement." I say YES! I jumped at the opportunity to bask in Bill's rock star aura. He even threw in a tear jerker moment in his speech for good measure. He's good! Unfortunately I did not get a chance to talk to him or get closer than 6 feet away, but it was still was a thrill. Jeez, I sound like such a groupie

Here is a photo of a small section of everyone else crammed into the conference room. I had my own reserved spot, but still had to dive in, and crawl around the floor to get a few different angles. It was a bit crazy with everyone jockeying for position. I have a lot or respect for the spot news photogs. it's a rough biz.


"красивая" pronounced krasivaya. 

Krasivaya means beautiful in Russian. A new word I leard from Valeria a model I shot for a designer label named "Parker" for their Resort collection. Even though the model was switched at the last minute. Valeria turned out to be a great model, and very "KRASIVAYA" to boot. Here is a lnk to the "Parker" label.

Parker from william vazquez on Vimeo.

Photo shoot of the Parker resort collection 2009