| Bill Friedman was born and raised in the East New York section of Brooklin. In 1962 he graduated from the Polythecnic Institute of Brooklyn with a degree in Civil Engineering. After graduation he moved to San Francisco, where he bought his first Rolleiflex and discovered his true passion: photography. In 1968 he married Roberta, who supported him when he went to R.I.T. to study photo illustration under Charles Arnold.
In 1972, Friedman returned to NYC with a degree in Fine Arts. During this time he assisted Emerick Bronson for Cosmopolitan and Seventeen Magazines. After several courses at The School of Visual Arts, Friedman opened his own Bleecker Street studio in the Spring of '76 testing for Wilhelmina, Stewart, Stone, Ford and Zoli Modeling Agencies. During the next few years Friedman had the opportunity to photograph all the new talent entering the business. Amongst them Gia, Linda Miller, Laurie Gehan, Juli Foster, Lisa Palmer, Kim Delaney, Kim Charlton, and many others.
Bill Friedman left N.Y.C. in the late eighties for personal reasons and is presently doing darkroom work in his home in Connecticut.