Why it's important to remember a generation of intensely creative
photographers from the 70s and 80s.
"He was my first revelation as an editor at French Photo," says Jean-Jacques Naudet. "The magazine published him three times in three years, in 1970, 1971, and 1972. At this time, the great American colorists included Ernst Haas, Art Kane, Jay Maisel, Pete Turner, and Hiro, but for me Bill was the best." Silano's pictures ran in Harper's Bazaar primarily, but also in Town & Country and other magazines. From the mid-1960s on, he emerged as one of the top five fashion photographers of the period, but his time at the top was relatively short. "We didn't see much from him after 1975," says Naudet. "He was a perfectionist. He could be somewhat difficult. Today he lives in the Hamptons, on Long Island."