Extreme Weather Photographer to speak at William Woods

Jim Reed, recognized
as one of the world’s most pioneering and accomplished extreme-weather
photographers, will speak at William Woods University Feb. 27. Reed will present his photos and talk about
his career at 6 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium.
Part of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series, his
presentation is free and open to the public.
Reed has documented
record-setting storms for 21 years, capturing numerous meteorological
phenomena, including tornadoes, blizzards, ice storms, and floods. He has
documented 19 hurricanes, including Katrina. He is currently doing interviews for
TV, radio and print regarding Hurricane Sandy.
In 2002, Reed was hired by Twentieth Century Fox
to lead a special effects movie crew into hurricanes Isidore and Lili to
capture footage for the motion picture, “The Day After Tomorrow.”

He has been featured in National Geographic, America Online,
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Discovery Channel, Microsoft and the Ogden Museum of
Southern Art.  He has also been on every
major television network to discuss his photography. 
Reed’s career as a
photographer has its roots in his childhood fascination with severe weather. In
1969, when he was 8 years old, he and his mother unwittingly drove through the
outer bands of Hurricane Camille while returning from a family vacation to
Florida. By age 11, Reed was shooting home movies of nature’s wrath.

His professional career began as a filmmaker and writer in
Los Angeles in 1983, shortly after his graduation from the University of
Southern California. For the first eight years of his career, he found himself
writing everything from TV commercials and music videos to feature articles and
motion pictures. His spec screenplay “Trouble on 162” was purchased
by producer Norman Jewison and led to a two-year writing contract with Warner
Bros. Pictures.

But despite his early
success as a writer, Reed was drawn back to his childhood love of photographing
storms. In 1992, he moved from Los Angeles to Wichita, Kan., where he turned
his camera once again on the sky.
Author of the critically acclaimed photo book, “Storm
Chaser: A Photographer’s Journey” (Abrams, New York), he is also co-author
of the best-seller “Hurricane Katrina: Through the Eyes of Storm
Chasers” (Farcountry Press; with Mike Theiss).

Reed’s work has been honored by Pictures of the Year
International, Communication Arts, National Press Photographers Association,
American Photography, Photo District News, American PHOTO, Applied Arts
Magazine, New York Photo Festival, Prix De La Photographie Paris, Advertising
Photographers of America, Editor & Publisher and MSNBC Readers’ Choice
Picture of the Year.

The President’s Concert and Lecture Series brings speakers
and top entertainment to campus for the enlightenment and enjoyment of students
and the community. For more information, contact Brenda Foster at brenda.foster@williamwoods.edu.

Jim Reed, extreme weather photographer

Waves explode over a seawall and into Galveston, Texas, as Hurricane Ike approaches on Sept. 12, 2008.