ONR Distinguished Lecture Series

ONR Distinguished Lecture Series:
"The Stories Behind the Photos: Fourteen Years of Documenting S&T for ONR"

Presented by:
John F. Williams
ONR's Senior Visual Information Specialist

The Stories Behind the Photos: Fourteen Years of Documenting S&T for ONRPhotography and video are powerful tools for telling a story. And they can be impactful for conveying how science, innovation and cutting-edge technology benefit Sailors and Marines.

During this talk, John will showcase some of his favorite photographs from the past 14 years documenting science and technology at the Office of Naval Research — and share the stories, adventures and challenges behind those images.

Through these photographs, selected from tens of thousands, he will provide you with an understanding and insight about what elements make a good photograph, how good photography can help you better tell the story of your program, and finally, provide some ideas and thoughts on how you can become a better photographer.

Memorable photographs increase reader retention and communication effectiveness by more than 50 percent. We all have the ability to take photographs. We carry a camera, in the form of a cell phone, with us every day. Now let’s take the next step to becoming visual storytellers together.

Event Details

This event is now closed. Watch a video of John Williams' lecture.

When: Friday, June 21, 2019 11 a.m. to noon

Office of Naval Research
Bobby Junker Executive Conference Center
14th Floor, One Liberty Center
875 North Randolph Street
Arlington, VA 22203

Only DoD civilians and/or military personnel displaying a valid CAC or ID card above the waist will be granted unescorted access to the building. All non-government, non-ONR contractors and other U.S. visitors need to arrange an escort into the building. Learn more about visiting ONR.

For building access questions or any questions regarding this event, please email Irina Pala.

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About John F. Williams

John F. Williams is a photographer and Navy veteran with experience working in the government and private sectors documenting news, lifestyle, commercial and corporate assignments for use by both internal and external audiences around the world.

Currently, John is a contractor with Strategic Operational Solutions, Inc., and serves as the senior visual information specialist for the Office of Naval Research.

Prior to joining ONR, John spent eight years with Philadelphia Newspapers Inc., as a photo editor and senior multimedia producer supporting the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily news, and Philly.com. Additionally, during a two-year detail, he was the national news photo editor for Knight Ridder Digital, coordinating online visual content for 40 newspapers, including the Philadelphia papers, Miami Herald, Charlotte Observer, San Jose Mercury News, Detroit Free Press, and Fort Worth Star-Telegram among them.

During his 31-year active and reserve career, John served as a public affairs officer, managed a regional black and white photo lab, spent 17 years at combat camera deploying around the world, and finished his career as the Command Master Chief for the Navy Reserve public affairs community.

John holds a photojournalism and communications degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, where he also spent eight years as an adjunct professor teaching various graduate and undergraduate photography courses.

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