Bill Diodato

Bill Diodato’s still life and narrative photography challenges the boundaries between fine and commercial art. His work is a response to popular culture, with particular interest in societal acceptance and compartmentalization of subcultures— from the revered to the ostracized.

In 2010, Diodato published c/o Ward 81, a documentation of an all-women's ward inside Oregon State Hospital, most known as the location of the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who wrote the forward to his book, noted that through his images, Diodato “transformed what was once so cold and institutional into a palette of vivid colors and textures.”

The second and final part of this exploration was a documentation of the cremated remains of psychiatric patients who died at the hospital and were cremated on the hospital grounds, never to be collected by family or loved ones. These photographs represent how much we have come to know about the human psyche. This project is due for completion in December 2012.

Concurrently, Diodato began working on a series of photographs first taken in Marfa, Texas. Friend and artist Jonah Freeman asked Diodato to create images of the collaborative installation Hello Meth Lab In The Sun. Diodato created large-scale digital renderings of this environment that are works of art, rather than mere images of the installation.

Diodato continues to work on his long-standing project Beautiful, Awkward, Contrived People, a reaction to our culture’s perception of beauty and quest for perfection. Cartier-Bresson famously wrote, "Photography is simultaneously and instantaneously the recognition of a fact and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that express and signify that fact." The title of Cartier-Bresson’s book, The Decisive Moment, comes from the 17th century Cardinal de Retz’s statement, "There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment." These photographs document the "decisive moment" of imperfection.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2011 Care of Ward 81 monograph, The Gallery at Hallmark, Massachusetts
  • 2010 Group Show Preview, 401 Projects, New York City



  • 2012 American Photography 28 Award book - two images selected from Bill's Care of Ward 81 Project
  • 2011 Eric Hoffer Book Independent Book Award - 1st Runner up of Art Category
    2011 Communication Arts Photography Annual - One of ten Winners in the Photography Book Category
    2011 International Book Awards: Award-Winner in the "Photography: General" category
    PDN Photo Annual 2011 - Category: Photo Books: “Care of Ward 81”
    Graphis 100 Best in Photography 2011
  • 2009 International Photography Awards
  • 2008 International Photography Awards
  • 2007 Cannes International Photo Festival
  • 2006 American Photography Showcase 21
    Society of Publication Designers Award
    Cannes International Photo Festival
  • 2004 Communication Arts Design Annual
    Photo District News Photo Annual
  • 2003 Communication Arts Photo Annual
    2003 Photo District News Photo Annual