Bill Barrett | Webster University

Bill Barrett

Bill BarrettPosition

Professor; Program Facilitator, Photography; Director of the May Gallery


Electronic and Photographic Media

Home Campus

St. Louis (Webster Groves)

Courses Taught

MEDC 2200 Ethics in the Media
PHOT 1000 Photo I
PHOT 2870 International Photojournalism
PHOT 3190 Digital Photographic Imaging
PHOT 4010 Photography Gallery Management
PHOT 4700 Professional Development in Photography


MA, Media Studies, The New School for Social Research; Instituto Juan XXIII in Lima, Peru; Medieval Studies, St. Bonaventure University; BA in Psychology, St. Meinrad College

Professional Experience

Parsons School of Design, Department of Photography, full-time faculty member and assistant chair; Eugene Lang College, adjunct faculty member; The New School, faculty member

A freelance documentary photographer since 1978, Barrett has published and exhibited widely. In her biography Love is the Measure by Jim Forest, Dorothy Day was reported to say that Bill Barrett was one of the few photographers who didn't make her nervous.Bill Barrett with Dr. Stroble

Teaching Philosophy

"Teaching the technical part of photography, while absolutely essential, is in many ways the easier part. The real challenge, the one that keeps me excited, is to draw out students' interesting ideas, to help them express those ideas through the photographic medium, and to combine technical excellence with creative expression. Achieving that goal is successful photographic education, and produces students who can love what they do and can earn their living doing it."


Bill Barrett thinks he has the best job in the world - to keep learning. That's important in a field like photography, which hasn't stopped changing since it was invented, but in which change seems to be accelerating daily.

He spent a great deal of time in Central American refugee camps in the 1980s, and even got to teach basic photography there with a tent for a darkroom.


Webster University Press Catalog
Kodachrome End of the Run: Photographs from the Final Batches Edited by Susan Stang and Bill Barrett (2011)

Webster Today
Creativity and Evidence Faculty Learning Community Final Meeting of the Year April 26
May Gallery, Centre Francophone Host Exhibit, Artist Talk for 'Mon Paris' by Peter Glendinning
Webster University Professors to Discuss How the Eclipse Affects Birds, Bees, Religion and Photography
Barrett on MLK Anniversary Coverage, Photo
Barrett's Photo of Day, Mother Theresa Exhibited
Barrett Photos Included in U.S. Embassy's Mother Theresa Online Exhibit
Barrett Review of 'Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker'
Barrett's Camera Obscura
Barrett's Dorothy Day Photo in NYC

Contact Information

Office phone 314-968-7185

Web Sites & Blogs

Bill Barrett
Webster University Photo Program Happenings
Gallery Openings in St. Louis
From the Barrett-Hayes Kitchen

 updated 7/2018