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Bill Beebe

Bill Beebe was born and raised in Los Angeles where he has spent most of his life. He first took up photography while in the Navy during WWII, where he was given access to the ship’s darkroom by the vessel’s official photographer, who guided him through the photo developing process.

He decided to become a photographer and joined the staff of Pacific Press Photos, a local news agency. In 1950 he began working for the Los Angeles Mirror newspaper and when the paper merged with the Los Angeles Times he became a full time staff photographer. It wasn't long before his pictures began appearing in Life, Time, and Sports Illustrated Magazines. Beebe is a past president of the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles and the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement award, and is a member of the National Press Photographers Association.

Beebe’s 1962 photograph of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to the beach in Santa Monica was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and was the winner of the 1962 World News Photo of the Year. His photographs have been exhibited at the Santa Monica History Museum, Playa Vista Library, and Los Angeles City Hall.


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