Archive for July, 2012

Day four of SI's Olympic coverage brought Laura and I to Greenwich Park for show jumping at the equestrian events. I'm certainly familiar with photographing horses. In Greenwich, attention was drawn to the stands where Will & Kate were in the crowd to watch Will's cousin Zara win a silver medal.

Covering the Games is often compared to shooting the Super Bowl for weeks straight. For me, I take 20 Nikon cameras and 13 cases of gear. In a special Through the Lens video, now online, the photographers of SI's 2012 photo team discussed the preparation that goes into capturing historic and iconic Olympic moments. Each photographer has their own shooting style and gear they pack, but everyone has the commitment to bring their creativity to each event.
Recently, I talked with Bruce Berglund at New Books in Sports for their Summer Seminar: Understanding the Olympic Games. With almost three decades of covering the Games, looking back at the images and discussing the moments that stand out to me the most is a treat. My interview can be heard here: NBS Frakes Interview. The entire seminar can be found at
Helping London live up to the "Socialympics" nickname, I will be tweeting (@BillFrakes) for SI's Event of the Day (#SIEOD) from the stadiums before and after the events. Join in the conversation as the Games continue.

Currently, the world's attention is on the athletes and what's happening inside the stadiums. But sometimes it is fun to look outside and explore. With the wonderful words of SI writer Alexander Wolff, Laura and I created a short video on the spirit of the city and the paradoxes that make it unique. Hope you all enjoy this view of London, now SI. com.

Surreal weekend. From the tranquility and chill of western Ireland to the hustle and bustle of NYC. Then the calm shores of Florida for two days, and now we are getting ready to fly to England.
Laura and I spent 10 days in Ireland doing portraits of 200 of the world's best teachers, learning from them, and showing a few short films we've made this year.  We flew home on Friday night.
Today, Monday, we are leaving for London for my 10th Olympics, and her second.
The first time I covered the games for Sports Illustrated I spent 15 hours a day, for seven days, frantically trying to get packed.
I started packing for these games this morning. I finished packing in four hours. Experience. It pays off.

Just in time for the Summer Olympics, Resource Magazine's newest edition features a profile of Bill and his sports photography over the years. In the interview, Bill discusses his influences, favorite things about shooting sports, and tips for starting photographers. The Resource Magazine Summer 2012 print edition is now available.

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