Bill Hughes was introduced to photography at the age of eight when he learned to mix chemicals and develop film in his father’s photography portrait studio in Lumberton, North Carolina observing his father who also worked for the Associated Press as a photographer. After high school graduation, he traveled as a musician in the US Navy Band throughout the Far East. He attended the University of Oregon and University of Michigan and earned a BA in Music Education at Westfield State University. Later he worked in a variety of jobs including a New York City taxi driver; a musician in off-off Broadway theater; and in Almeria, Spain in 1969 as a movie extra for “spaghetti westerns.”
In the early 1990’s he began photographing the Latino community in the North End of Springfield, Massachusetts creating the Pa’lante series while studying with the photographer Robert Aller at Holyoke Community College. His work was later influenced by the late photographer, historian, critic and writer Ben Lifson, and later with Frank Ward, also a professor of photography at Holyoke Community College.
In recent years he has photographed on the streets of Berlin, Prague, Paris, the Greek island of Hydra, New York City and Venice Beach, California, visiting there yearly.
Hughes lives in the town of Montgomery, Massachusetts with his wife while working in his private studio.