William Karl Valentine
12/12/2016 - 01/08/2017
William Karl Valentine is a documentary photographer born and raised in Pasadena, California. He received a BFA specializing in Photography from Arizona State University where he studied under such noted educators as Van Deren Coke, William Jenkins, Bill Jay, and Tamarra Kaida. While at ASU he began a project documenting the Pasadena Police Department during the height of the rock cocaine epidemic in the 1980’s. Valentine spent over 1,000 hours in the field photographing Officers and realized early on he enjoyed the work. After graduating Valentine decided to pursue a career in Law Enforcement for his “guaranteed” income while he still pursued his photography goals. In 1987 Valentine graduated from the Rio Hondo Police Academy and was hired by the Chino Police Department (CA) where he worked for 20 years as a Police Officer, Corporal, and Detective before having to medically retire.
The image featured in the 2016 Billboard Creative is of the funeral motorcade for Chino PD Officer Russ Miller in 2000. Valentine and Miller were good friends having worked together many years. Miller was killed by a DUI (Marijuana & Alcohol) driver who struck him as he was approaching a car he had pulled over. Valentine photographed the funeral, state ceremony, and federal ceremonies related to Miller’s death.
William Karl Valentine has had his worked shown in over 30 solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. His photographs are in the permanent collections of The University of New Mexico, The Fogg Museum at Harvard, The Chicago Historical Society, and Cal State Long Beach. He has twice been a Photo Lucida Critical Mass Finalist and he published the book “Santa Anita” documenting the racetrack in Arcadia, California. Valentine still resides in Southern California and is currently working on several publishing projects and exhibition proposals.