Billy Wolfes subjects typically include student life, campus speakers and Morgantown events, so when a newspaper comes calling for images of students, its not that unusualunless, of course, its The New York Times.
One or more of the West Virginia University students photos of campus fashion will appear in an education life feature in the Sunday, July 30, issue. Look for the picture of the student sporting gaucho pants outside of the Mountainlair in The New York Times Magazine section.
Times editors sent a media query seeking ideas about campus trends to higher learning institutions in May, and WVU answered the call. Students suggested everything from gauchos and flip-flops to iPods and the latest gaming equipment.
Wolfea news-editorial major from Bruceton Millswas recruited by WVU News and Information Services, the public relations unit of the University, to take photos to accompany the story.
The New York Times requested a student photo journalist for the project, said Public Relations Manager Janey Cink, who was familiar with Wolfes work for The Daily Athenaeum, the student newspaper on campus.
They wanted one of our best,she added.
Honestly, I just really want to work for a daily newspaper of a medium size,said the 22-year-old Wolfe.Shooting for The New York Times was really above and beyond what Id expected out of college so I feel really grateful that I got to do that. I was paid, but I would have absolutely done it for free.To get the best unposed shots, Wolfe spent several days sitting in front of the Mountainlair and at Woodburn Circle, catching students between classes. He also took photos at popular college hangouts on High Street.
Wolfe said a class taught by Joel William Beeson, assistant professor in the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, helped prepare him. For acool huntingassignment, students had to find the most happening trends and then feature them in a studio shoot.
Wolfe describes his photography style asvery journalistic.He would like to
land a job as a photographer for a daily newspaper in a city about the size of Pittsburgh.
As a step toward his career goals, he joined the DA as a photographer two years ago and was recently promoted to summer photo editor. He has freelanced for the Charleston Daily Mail and also contributed photos to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Charleston Gazette, Times West Virginian and the Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram through a journalism bureau class.
Wolfe first became interested in photography as a high school sophomore, taking photos for the University High School yearbook. He said he thrives under the pressure of daily deadlines and has wanted to work at a newspaper since he was a kid.
Some of his favorite shoots have included President Bushs visit to WVU last July and a freelance job with the Interstitial Cystitis Association, where he got to photograph
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.
The ICA had patients come along to talk to their representatives, and so I got to actually go to these senatorsand house membersoffices and meet them and photograph them,he said.That was really cool.